YLA leadership development projects

What’s your plan?

After the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), you’ll become part of Plan’s national network of young leaders making change in their communities and around the world.

You will be able to implement your Leadership Development Project (LDP) during the 2022-23 academic year on the social justice issue of your choice. Throughout the academic year, you’ll meet with your assigned mentor on a monthly basis, attend quarterly skill-building webinars, access seed funding to launch your project and have opportunities to connect and engage with Plan’s global youth network and partners.

This is a perfect opportunity to expand your skills while preparing for college and beyond. Your LDP can also be used for high school capstone projects or service-learning credit.

The 2022 YLA application is now closed.

The application process for the 2023 YLA will open on Nov. 1, 2023.

What past participants

are saying ...

strongly agree and agree the YLA helped me develop and follow through on plans to pursue my goals.
strongly agree and agree the YLA motivated me to stay engaged in community service.
strongly agree and agree the YLA allowed me to have a positive impact on my community.

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LDP spotlights


At this time last year, Lilie wasn’t familiar with the subject of period poverty. By October, she was the youngest and only American panelist on Kotex’s Girl Unlocked: Challenging Period Perceptions 2020 panel.
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Following the YLA, you will get to address an issue you are passionate about in your community. Read more about what Bailey did for her Leadership Development Project!
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Victoria & Sierra

Victoria and Sierra attended the 2019 YLA, and since they attend the same high school, they decided to collaborate on an LDP. They designed and implemented an engaging project to boost their campus involvement in community service.
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