The Youth Leadership Foundation builds character among youth in our Nation’s Capital.
Our signature programs — the Program for Academic & Leadership Skills (PALS) for young women and the Tenley Achievement Program (TAP) for young men — train young professionals and college-aged men and women to build character and mentor 3rd–12th graders throughout the school year and summer.
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.
Learn more about our school year programs and sign-up below.
Elementary and Middle Summer Programs
St. Anthony Catholic School
3400 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
July 1st - August 1st
St. Augustine Catholic School
1421 V St NW
Washington, DC 20009
July 1st - August 2nd
Morning: Engaging Academic and Character Courses
Afternoon: Art, Sports, and One-on-One Mentoring
High School Spirit of Service Year
The YLF high school mentorship program is the most prestigious of all YLF programs. Students learn how to communicate well, work more effectively, prioritize their time and energy, and make decisions to build a more virtuous and service-oriented life.
SUMMER SPIRIT OF SERVICE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION
Students are presented with a social problem and asked to design a business solution for it within a particular industry. Through college-level seminars and working in a professional environment, students learn about complexity of problem and use "design thinking" in groups across civil, art, STEM and business. After 5-weeks, teams present business ideas to C-Level judges.
Winning teams earn a trip to visit a college campuses. The 2019 Summer Business Plan Competition will run from July 1 to August 1. Participants meet at respective PALS and TAP locations at the 3rd-8th start time, and depart for the on-location civil, arts, STEM and business sites.
SCHOOL YEAR EXPECTATIONS
Saturday Workshop Series: Students attend four to six grade-specific workshops about getting into, having success in and planning for success beyond high school.
Community Service: 11th and 12th grade students are asked to become mentors to our elementary school students during the school-year and to keep a written journal of their experience. All students are asked to join semesterly service days.
YLF students outperform peers on measures of future leadership. Read more in our SY 16-17 Report Card.