Why Support YLA
At YLA, we serve Elgin community students on their journey into college and the post-college world. 100% of our cadets come from families of low income, and 93% of our cadets are people of color with about 85% 1st generation college students.
And above all, 100% of our cadets are living the YLA motto:
"I AM on the path to success.
I AM college-bound."
These are the words that our cadets thrive by as they work hard in our YLA program to become scholars and leaders in the community. During their six years in the program, each of our cadets complete a minimum of 360 leadership training hours. They exercise their leadership skills through service learning projects every year, making a positive difference in Elgin and nearby communities. And after they graduate from our program, our cadets continue to use the skills, experience, and know-how they have developed in their next endeavors, in college and beyond.
Help us raise the next generation of YLA scholars and leaders. If you believe that the color of a child's skin should not be a barrier to being a community leader, join us.
If you believe that the contents of one's wallet should not close the door to college education, support us.
If you believe that all children deserve the chance to reach their full potential, walk with us.
Only through your generosity can our program continue to exist and grow, and to prepare our young people for the future.
Show your support today, and be a YLA Hero!
Please select a giving level:
$15: 1 hour of
for a cadet
$100: 1 year of
supplies for a service learning project
$30: 1 hour of leadership training for a cadet
$300: 1 field trip for
25 cadets to tour a regional college or university
$50: 1 hour of professional tutoring for a cadet
Other ways to support us
There are many ways that you can become a part of the YLA team:
Become a donor, sponsor, or partner of the YLA
Become a member of the YLA's staff or board
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If you are interested in participating in any way, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Andy’s Frozen Custard
Blue Box Café
Chicago Pizza Tours
Chicago White Sox
City of Elgin
City of Elgin Parks & Recreation Department
Dairy Queen and Orange Julius
Danny’s Pizza on Douglas
Elgin Historical Society
Elgin Public House
Fannie May Candies
Fire + Wine
Fox Valley Range
Friends of YLA
Grumpy Goat Tavern
LazerMaxx Family Fun Center
Legit Dogs and Ice
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
M.A. Burger & Shakes Company
Office Depot OfficeMax
Portillo’s Hot Dogs
Randall’s Pancake House & Restaurant
R & B Tobacco
Sta. Theresa Dental Clinic
Spirels Yogurt Delites
Starbucks Coffee Company
Town & Country Gardens
Village Pizza & Pub
White Cottage Pizzeria & Ristorante
Ziegler’s ACE Hardware
YLA is sincerely grateful to all of our donors who contributed their time, goods, and services to make this event possible. Please show your support by patronizing our donors!
Thank you so much!
Elgin Community College (ECC) Foundation
Grand Victoria Foundation
Kiwanis of Elgin
Elgin Police Department