YLA President's Message 2017-2018

Hello, my name is Ruben Sanchez, and I would like to formally welcome you to Youth Leadership America (YLA)! If you are reading this, you might be wondering how you can get involved in our organization. Regardless of your age or occupation, there is always a place for you in our annual fall leadership program. 

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YLA annually impacts over 500 talented and distinguished high school students throughout the state of California through our 14-week long program where they are introduced to business, civic, and community leaders. We are brought together by a youth-run, youth-led mentality, believing that the power to change countless communities around the world is ultimately in the hands of the youth. Thus, each chapter consists of a youth board that is tasked with the responsibility to build a unique and comprehensive youth program from scratch. This mentality helped me realize a truth about leadership that many youth fail to realize: leadership is not about the title or position, but about humility and the desire to serve the peers around you for the collective benefit to your community.

So don't be discouraged if you were like me and were struggling to find your niche in leadership amidst all the confusion of high school, you don't need a position to be a leader. The power to change can only be catalyzed through action, not by a title or position you hold. So push yourself outside your comfort zone, serve to help those around you, stay humble, and get ready to have some fun! What are you waiting for? Find a chapter near you and begin your legacy with YLA!

Ruben Sanchez (Youth Board President 2017-2018)
"Leaders are made, not born."
-Vince Lombardi