leave your mark.

Through volunteer-created community projects, the Young Leadership Council (YLC) recruits and retains young professionals to New Orleans to create a positive impact on the quality of life in the region. The oldest, independent YPO (young professionals’ organization) in the country, we have raised more than $25 million to develop leadership through community projects in and around the New Orleans area since 1986.

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Guide Applications Open for College Admissions Project


College Admissions Project (CAP) seeks Guides/Mentors for 2016-2017 School Year  The College Admissions Project is one of YLC’s 15 volunteer-led community…

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Pop Up Happy Hour


Back for the fourth year, we’re thrilled to partner with the Greater New Orleans Foundation for the Pop Up Happy…

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Ready to become a member?


There are no prerequisites to join YLC! You can quickly and easily join today and start getting involved with our…

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30 Years of Leaving Our Mark


“It’s where I play, it’s where I live. It’s where I will leave my mark.” — Young Leadership Council  …

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Get involved now! Volunteer with a YLC Project.

Membership is open to all individuals, and so is volunteering. Our mission is to build leadership through service, focusing on initiatives that improve the quality of life in the Greater New Orleans area. We are always looking for new faces to help make an impact in this city we are proud to call home. Our projects focus on important issues in the areas of arts and culture, beautification, youth enrichment and education, and economic development. Get involved with an existing YLC project or start a new one yourself. 

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