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"If in my mind I can conceive it... And in my heart I can believe it... Then certainly I can achieve it"

Since 1993, the Young Leaders Academy of Baton Rouge, Inc. has cultivated and trained a new generation of leaders who are rooted in academic achievement, strengthened in service to community and are prepared to lead lives of success, compassion and excellence.

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Community service is an integral part of the YLA. A strong commitment to service drives our value-based leadership curriculum. Through service the boys learn the importance of giving of themselves and caring about others.
At the YLA, we subscribe heavily to the philosopy, "To whom much is given, much is required". Community service affords our members the opportunity to repay the investment made in their lives by the business community and our many supporters.
Each month our members are required to contribute at least three hours to fulfill his monthly community service requirement. Past community service partners include Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, Kiwanis Pancake Festival, American Heart Walk, Baton Rouge Green, Oaks of Mid City Nursing Home and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, among many others.

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The Young Leaders Academy of Baton Rouge, Inc., now entering its 18th year, provides young African American males with the supports needed to achieve educational success, develop leadership abilities and become healthy, successful and productive members of society. The comprehensive program includes Saturday Academy, six week Summer Academy, Homework Investment Center, Mentoring Program, community service projects, an active and engaged Parent Support Network (PSN).

The results of our program have been extremely positive, yielding the following outcomes: 100% of our members have been promoted to the next grade in school following the 2010-2011 school year. The average member gpa is 3.7 out of 4.0 grading scale.
For the fifth consecutive year, YLA 4th and 8th graders achieved 100% passage on Louisiana's high stakes LEAP/Iowa tests, with the majority receiving at least Mastery on the very important tests that determine if 4th and 8th grade students in Louisiana are promoted to the next grade.
Our goal is to improve the long term outcomes of African American males. YLA aggressively monitors the academic progress and educational achievement of each member and is proud to report the following member statistics for the 2010-2011 program year:  100% passage on the high stakes LEAP/Iowa tests; average member gpa is 3.7gpa out of possible 4.0; 92% program attendance rate; more than 700 volunteer hours invested back into the Baton Rouge community through a myriad of community service projects and 100% of our members passed on to the next grade level!

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Community meeting focuses on uniting young men and police
WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

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The Young Leaders’ Academy of Baton Rouge, Inc. successfully hosted the 2nd Annual Men Are Cooking Fundraiser at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.  A good time was had by all!  Including the men that cooked, our guests, supporters, parents, and board members.  Nearly 30 cooks competed in the categories of meats/seafood, vegetables/sides, soups/stews/gumbos, & desserts. Congratulations to our winners who will have to return next year to defend their titles.  Thank you to our supporters for another great event.  Thank you to our judges for giving their time and talent to help make this year's event a success.  We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation awards YLA $30,000 Grant
The Young Leaders’ Academy of Baton Rouge, Inc.  has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation. This award, given to organizations that reflect diversity in their organizations, will be used to expand Academy offerings such as the Summer Academy and STEM education program.

YLA video wins international Telly Award!
The Young Leaders’ Academy of Baton Rouge, Inc.’s promotional video won in the education category of the 32nd Annual Telly Awards. Click here to view the press release.

Young Leaders Achieve 100% Passage Rate on High Stakes Tests!
Our 4th and 8th graders had 100% passage on the high stakes LAEP/Iowa tests, continuing the academy's fifth consecutive year of this awesome achievement!

2016-2017 Program

Recruitment is going on now for 2016-207 Program Year. The last day to apply is Friday, December 30, 2016. Don't let your young leader miss out on an amazing opportunity for service, leadership and learning! Email info_ylabr@yahoo.com for an application!

Our Partners

The Young Leaders’ Academy wishes to thank and acknowledge the businesses, foundations, organizations, and individuals that made the Academy successful.

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