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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 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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YLC Re-Launches “New Orleans: Proud to Call it Home” Campaign!


#NOLAProud, 30 Years and Counting Back in 1994, YLC launched its famous “New Orleans: Proud to Call it Home” campaign…

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Calling YLC Supporters: Be Proud on Poydras!


YLC Needs YOU for the “Proud” Campaign Re-Launch! On Friday, December 16, from 7:30 am to 9:30 am, YLC supporters…

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What is YLC’s “Proud” Campaign?


“New Orleans: Proud to Call it Home” New to New Orleans or simply haven’t heard about what this “Proud to…

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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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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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