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At YLC, today’s young professionals become the empowered, engaged, experienced leaders of tomorrow. Leaders who are working for a clean, safe and beautiful New Orleans. A place we can ALWAYS be proud to call home.
For over 36 years, the young professionals of YLC have gone on to become our city’s top business and civic leaders. Best of all, they remain active in community work. We leave our mark – then, now and always.
Our young leaders start and run projects that address current community needs, and many have grown to become their own independent organizations, like One Book One New Orleans and Youth Run Nola. Your donation today will be vital to supporting our 2023 goals!
Looking Ahead: 2023 Goals + Activities
Leading impactful community projects that enrich our city
Power Ties is relaunching its historical partnership with Samul J. Green First Line School and Artur Ashe School for a career awareness program to support and empower more than 200 8th graders.
YLC Assists supports fellow nonprofits in need of volunteers. This facilitation helps worthy organizations meet their missions, while also fostering life-long commitments to volunteering and fruitful relationships between young professionals and their community. YLC Assists will offer at least 12 hands-on community projects in 2023, in support of a clean, safe, and beautiful New Orleans.
YLC Fleurish, our latest project, has grown quickly! In a climate of uncertainty after a global pandemic, a renewed focus on our physical, mental and emotional well-being has resonated greatly with our members. In 2023 our passionate Fleurish team will organize a series of educational and hands-on activities to support the well-being of all New Orleanians – from 1 to 99 years old!
YLC Wednesday at the Square brought the beat back downtown in 2022 after a two-year hiatus, infusing over $700,000 into the New Orleans economy in support of 20 local musicians, 14 local food vendors, and over 15 artists and makers. The free 10-week long volunteer-led concert series promises to be better than ever in 2023!
The NOLA Coalition and NOPD partnership: YLC signed on to the Nola Coalition pledge in 2022 and has a new partnership with NOPD to boost morale and increase retention of young officers. Once a month YLC volunteers will visit NOPD districts with snacks and other resources for officers and lead hands-on activities such as repainting district facades!
Lafayette Square Conservancy: YLC has doubled down in our commitment to Downtown New Orleans by taking over the Lafayette Square Conservancy, a group responsible for the care and maintenance of Lafayette Square, home to our YLC Wednesday at the Square concert series. Plantings, infrastructure maintenance, and beautification projects are all in the works for 2023.
Educating the leaders of tomorrow
Toastmasters: Speaking and presenting are vital skills for all successful leaders. YLC’s Toastmasters Club will hold sessions every month for our young professional members looking to improve their communication skills.
Leadership Development Series is YLC’s flagship program providing leadership training and connecting young professionals with the city’s top leaders for unprecedented learning opportunities. Some of YLC’s most impactful projects and dedicated volunteers have come out of our LDS classes; we can’t wait to see what this year’s co-hort has in store for us!
Role Models: For over 35 years, YLC has honored extraordinary individuals making a positive impact in the Greater New Orleans region with the Role Model Awards. This year’s Role Model committee plan to make the 2023 class an integral part of YLC’s overall programming, creating unique opportunities for members and Role Models alike.
Mentorship Program: After a small pilot in 2022, YLC will officially launch its very own mentorship program in 2023, matching individual members with one of our distinguished alumni for one-on-one learning experiences.
Board Governance Support: In 2023 YLC plans to develop a database of boards and commissions as well as other strategic partnerships and tools to support greater access to boards and civic commissions for YLC members.