YLF builds character and a brighter future for young leaders in our Nation's Capital.

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97% of YLF students graduate from high school.
80% have achieved success in university, community college or trade school.
90% of our students said that YLF is life-changing!

Race for DC Kids
sponsored by DRT Strategies

Thank you to all you joined us for our 10th Annual Race for DC Kids! We raised over $50,336.94 to launch our school programs at eleven sites across the area! Click below to see photos. Donate and put us over the top!

Enrollment is open for Mentor+, our rock climbing program that deepens mentorship and fosters a passion for outdoor spaces among TAP and PALS students. Through climbing and mentorship, students gain personal resilience, and develop a self-concept around outdoor stewardship.


The life-changing work we do is possible because of staff and volunteers that are living out the values they impart to students: to build character and live a life of excellence.