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Our work and students in the news

From coverage in local and state media outlets to interviews with students, YLSC's footprint is growing by the day. Take a look at what's happening behind the scenes, on camera, and in print. 

YLSC REACHES 25K North texas giving day goal

We're overjoyed to share some exciting news – thanks to your incredible support, we've hit our $25,000 goal for North Texas Giving Day! Your decision to stand with us means so much, and we want to take a moment to highlight just how impactful your contribution is.


First, this financial boost is a game-changer. It allows us to expand our programs, like summits and action committees, which are all about nurturing the next generation of young leaders. These platforms provide amazing opportunities for learning, teamwork, and taking action on important issues like fairness, social justice, and community involvement.



ylsc SECURES 75K GRANT FROM  W. W. Caruth, Jr. Fund

We are delighted to share that Young Leaders, Strong City has been awarded a two-year(2021,2022) $75,000 grant from the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Fund! This much-needed funding will go to continuing our mission by helping to expand our staff and outreach efforts. The funds will also be used to build a bigger and more enriching Teen Equity Summit....READ MORE

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WATCH: The YLSC Experience

Click the image below to watch one of our recap videos and get the YLSC experience.



"Critical race theory ban may affect history curriculum in Texas"

May 20, 2021

“Instead of allocating more money to schools this is the thing they continue to focus on, in the middle of a pandemic when resources have been lost — when there is learning loss that’s taken place. Where are the priorities?”

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YLSC IS AWARDED $50K Grant from Harrold Simmons foundation

We are thrilled to announce that Young Leaders, Strong City has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Harold Simmons Foundation! This grant will assist us with operating expenses and support us in building new programming. 

At Young Leaders, Strong City, our mission is to educate, equip, and activate a community of youth leaders prepared to realize their visions for racial justice and equity. With the help of this grant, we are excited to develop new initiatives that create opportunities for young leaders to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today's world...READ MORE


ylsc receives from newschools vENTURE FUND grant

Young Leaders, Strong City(YLSC) is proud to announce its selection as a member of the Racial Equity portfolio at NewSchools Venture Fund, a national nonprofit that provides funding and support to innovators with bold ideas to reimagine learning and advance equity in education...READ MORE

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Black Pumas, Leon Bridges Contribute to Charity Compilation ‘Truth to Power’

May 21, 2021

Triple-LP vinyl set will arrive on Record Store Day and benefit four Texas-based organizations. Learn more here.


WATCH: 2020 Summit recap

Hosted virtually due to COVID-19, the 7th Annual Racial Justice and Equity Teen Summit featured panels, speakers, and more. Click the image below to watch our recap.

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Thank you to our funding supporters

As we move forward, we want to take some time to look back and recognize some of the organizations and people that help Young Leaders, Strong City, do the necessary work we’ve been able to do.


Some of our accomplishments in that work included expanding our team, conducting over 25 programs for students, and hosting upwards of 150 students at our 9th annual Teen Equity Summit, which without funders like these below, none of this would be possible...READ MORE

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YLSC was one of several organizations supporting the ACLUTX initiative to stop Book Bans in their tracks.



"How ‘critical race theory’ came to dominate education debates in Texas"

May 22, 2021

"Students want to talk about systemic racism and how it presents itself in their lives... and teachers want to help."

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