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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!

Ed Smith Appeal 2023

Join our Ed Smith Appeal for 2023 and help support for quality mentorship in Washington and honor the legacy of Ed Smith.

Want to do more? Learn about the Ed Smith Leadership Circle.

Our students most value being a part of YLF because of the friendship they share with their mentor. Students have greater self-confidence, set and achieve more goals and develop positive habits related to character as a result of their time with mentors. Register your child for our summer programs today!


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.

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