Building the next generation of community, business, and civic leaders

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Whether you want to learn leadership skills in the beautiful Monongahela National Forest, or debate public policy at your state's capital, we've got the right program for you.

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Through our hands-on programs, we cultivate skills like Leadership, Civic Engagement, and Entrepreneurship to help build the next generation of community, business, and civic leaders.

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Tell us what you're interested in learning more about or how you'd like to get involved. We'd love to help you bring YLA to your school or community.

The YLA Difference

With more than 150 years of experience, the Youth Leadership Association has been building up generations of youth across Ohio & West Virginia. Tracing our roots back to 1867, you will find many great, young men and women who have benefited from our one-of-a-kind programs. We strive each and every day to make these programs the best that they can be, in order to inspire more young people and instill our 5 pillars: Leadership, Character, Service, Entrepreneurship, and Philanthropy.

Our programs are open to all! We have a program for everyone. From Youth in Government, to Camp Horseshoe, to YLA’s Community Chapters, you’ll find the thing for you. As much as we can, we make our programs student-led. We have found there is no better way to build leadership than to experience it first-hand. 

And we would be nothing without our great alumni, supporters, donors, and partners. You help us keep doing what we love, and we thank you for your support through the years. 


Next Steps...

You can get involved with YLA.  Anyone and everyone is welcome! Students – register for a program. Teachers & Parents – find out how to get your students involved and start a YLA Community Chapter.  Alumni, Friends, & Supporters – A small donation can go a long way towards changing somebody’s life.

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498 Sandhill Road  Point Pleasant, WV 25550

3309 Horseshoe Run Road  Parsons, WV 26287