YLA Community Chapters are focused on building better schools and communities through service and leadership. Volunteering, raising awareness, fundraising, and having fun with your peers are just a few reasons to get a chapter started in your school or community.
Get the chance to learn civics in action! YG lets students run the state government for 3 days - debating bills, deliberating court cases, lobbying for support, and even running for Youth Governor. Join the Legislative, Judicial or Executive branch, or act as a lobbyist, page or a member of the press corps.
Learn more about your state government by seeing it in action! YGS gives 8th graders in WV and all Middle School students in OH the opportunity to visit their state capitol, meet their legislators, and learn about government with fun, interactive, hands on experiences.
A first-hand experience in international diplomacy. MUN lets you become an ambassador for your choice of 193 countries across the world. Learn about your county's position on worldwide issues, and debate resolutions in your councils in hopes to get your resolution passed by the General Assembly.
Rejoin all of your friends and YLA family, share your service projects and ideas, and learn some new ideas to take back to your chapter. Also experience mock sessions of the rest of our school year programs to prepare for the spring! Fall Conference is a weekend of fun and YLA memories.
Experience all of what YLA has to offer at one our week long camps and leadership summits at Camp Horseshoe in Tucker County, WV. Get away from it all, and create lifelong memories and friendships, while having fun learning about character, leadership, service, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
Our Programs Are Student Led
It’s right there in our name! Youth Leadership. We believe in learning by doing. From our chapters to our government simulations, we allow the students to lead the way towards making their schools, communities, and states better places to be.
Everyone is Welcome
YLA Chapters and YLA Programs are open to everyone. Our programs are built around character, teamwork, and friendship. There is a YLA Program for everyone. Join us today to make memories and friendships to last a lifetime.
A Legacy of Leadership
We pride ourselves in learning from those who came before us. YLA operates on a model of Plan, Do, Review. Our years of experience are unparalleled.
In 2019, we will host our:
- 68th Ohio YG and 62nd West Virginia YG
- 79th season at Camp Horseshoe
- 40th Model United Nations assembly
- 11th season of Youth & Government Seminars (YGS)
Commitment to the Future
Our goal is to build sustainable YLA Chapters in every community across Ohio and West Virginia.