Helping kids succeed academically is essential to their economic future – but helping them build character enhances every aspect of their lives. YLF does it all, training college-age youth and young professionals to mentor children ages 7-17 both in person and virtually. Year-round, students in the Tenley Achievement Program for boys and the Program for Academic and Leadership Skills for girls strive for educational excellence through intensive tutoring while building character through sports, trips, and challenging electives. The Virtuous Leadership Academy also provides high school students with opportunities to engage community leaders through a Spirit of Service Business Plan competition. Mentors serve as role models, empowering students to tackle challenges in the classroom and at home, and instilling in them the values of hard work, generosity, justice, and community service. Teaching kids not only to do well but to do good is life-changing.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 3
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 5; Lamond Park in Northeast DC; Brookland in Northeast DC
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students
Schools They Work In: Hope Communtiy Public Charter School (Tolson Campus); Hope Community Public Charter School (Lamond Campus)
Awards & Recognition
2002 Philanthropy Magazine's Charity Deserving of Support
2007 EWomen's Network Charity of Choice
2008-2009 Catalogue for Philanthropy
2009 Fight Night Chairman's Choice Charity
- Save the date: Fight Night on Nov. 5
Tue Oct 6 2009, Executive Biz Blog
Fight Night honors Youth Leadership Foundation as Chairman's Choice.
- Developing Character in At-Risk Youth
Wed Feb 18 2009, Arlington Catholic Herald
New YLF program offers proven academic and character development for Hispanic youth in Northern Virginia.
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