Andrew and Deanna Thomas are the Founders of Young Ambassadors Leadership Academy. They have devoted their time to bridging the gap between the critical phase of boyhood to an empowering movement to build young men of character, who are responsible leaders. As parents of young men, they are familiar with the challenges that can plague our young men, but they are committed to affirming the significance and greatness of young males, helping them to be successful in the classroom and in the community while building a legacy of courage, dedication and excellence.
"Life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives"
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Vice President/Educational Officer
Meet Our Bridgebuilders
Meet Our Advisors
Dr. Taquan Stewart
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Annual Banquet Awards & Scholarship Programs
Each year our efforts are to give the attention that our young males need to let them know they are significant and destined for greatness. We recognize our young African American males at their culminating program – “The Banquet of Honor”.
In addition, this event is to recognize those individuals, institutions and organizations of our community that have dedicated their efforts to humanitarianism, education, leadership development, and diversity, which are the core commitments championed by Young Ambassadors Leadership Academy, Inc.
Back to School Summit
Our Young Ambassadors Back to School Summit is a free summit for all young males and teens in the community. The young men will participate in workshops focused on manhood, responsibility, leadership, S.T.E.A.M., time management and study skills, entrepreneurship and public speaking that will prepare them for success in school, preparation for college, in pursuit of their career and in the community.
Transportation Fund for College & Business Tours
Transportation to and from local colleges and businesses throughout California: Pepperdine, UCLA, USC, UC and State Schools as well as businesses emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
10 – week sponsorship for a young male
We would like to give all males the opportunity to be a part of our program and offer a scholarship to those that are in need.
Materials for S.T.E.A.M. projects for 10 students
– Digital Equipment, Camera, Microphones
– Science tools, Art, Coding materials and Design software
Funds for classroom materials
– Book selection for the session to help build their library
– Binder, Handbook and Supplie
Sponsor a young male for the program