About Us

"I learned about a history that was mine but I didn't  know it."

- YLSC Alum 2019


Our Mission

Founded in 2014, Young Leaders, Strong City's (YLSC) mission is to equip a network of students, educators, and adult allies with tools to analyze, advocate, and dismantle systemic racism in themselves, their schools, and communities.

Who We Are

Young Leaders, Strong City is the student-centered arm of local nonprofit organization The Imagining Freedom Institute (IF). The IF Institute focuses on dismantling institutional and structural racism, providing a historical analysis of inequitable policies and practices, addressing intersectionality in issues and solutions, and envisioning a more equitable society.


What We Do

As a youth-centered extension of The IF Institute, we offer unique community programming year-round and annually as well as partner with local school districts, higher education institutions, and other nonprofits. We host learning labs, district-specific summits, student councils, and an annual summit. YLSC also works with educators and administrators to create systemic change on campuses and in communities. Visit our District Summit page to learn more.

All YLSC community programming is free for students and available as funding allows. Become a Patron and help us meet the increasing demand from our students for ongoing programming and expand to more young leaders in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.


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Amber Sims


Executive Director

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Robbie Esteban


Chief Operations Officer

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Caazena Hunter

Director of Program Design