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This is the Day to Give

For every $ you give, YLA receives a matching grant.  

Top 3 Reasons to Give to Youth Leadership Academy


80% of our students are 1st-generation college students.  100% of our students come from low-income families. 100% of our students are capable of success.


When you give to YLA, you allow us to give a child the tools and guidance needed to make the dream of college a reality.


When a child goes to college, he/she takes the steps to change  a family tree, to bring security and success to the family.


The Brooking Institute Report, entitled The Thirteen Economic Facts about Social Mobility and the Role of Education, makes it clear that education can play a pivotal role in improving social mobility.  As the report states: “A college degree can be a ticket out of poverty...  Few investments yield as high a return as a college degree.”


After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday helps remind us to support our community organizations. #ILGive is a campaign to engage the people of Illinois to not only participate, but also give to organizations in the communities where we live.

Live here, give here on Dec 3.

Why should you participate in #ILGive?

Help give our students the tools to succeed!

Count Down to 

Giving Tuesday (ILGIVE)

November 27th, 2018

$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 college or university

$50: 1 hour of professional tutoring for a cadet

College Day 2018 Fund

For each gift on 11/27, YLA receives a matching donation.

Help give our students double the tools to succeed!

"YLA changed my life by making me a hard-working person"


Class of 2023

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