Youth Leadership Program

The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) was established in 2005 as an innovative leadership training program for high school students designed to promote college access and introduce civic participation.

Youth Leadership Program

The goal of YLP’s year-round programming is to increase high school graduation rates and college admissions for Latinos, and foster greater public engagement.

Our program is centered on supporting our most vulnerable Latino students through various Restorative Cultural Arts Practice projects.  YLP participants have worked on a variety of projects, including one tracing the history of MALDEF’s civil rights work in the Latino community, a student-centered radio program sharing the personal stories of college applicants, a writing project to examine implicit bias in schools, and a mural project to address food injustice at highly-segregated schools.

For more information on YLP, contact Omar G. Ramirez, (213) 629-2512 x137.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund