Helping our kids succeed academically is essential to their economic future – but helping them build character enhances every aspect of their lives. So YLF does it all, training young professionals and college-age men and women to mentor children ages 7-17 throughout the school year and summer. With their mentor’s support, students in the Tenley Achievement Program for boys and the Program for Academic and Leadership Skills for girls strive for educational excellence through intensive academic tutoring, and build character through sports, trips, and challenging electives based on their interests. 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. Nine out of ten students describe YLF’s programs as positively "life-changing." Teaching kids not only to do well, but to do good … a noble mission indeed.

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


Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Youth Leadership Foundation is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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