Student Recruiting Philosophy

All 9th-12th grade students are welcome. That’s it. No GPA requirements, past leadership experience, or background limitations.  Young Leaders, Strong City recruits students from across the Dallas- Ft. Worth area — intentionally seeking students from public, private, and charter schools.

Our Why

Our intent is to create space for conversations that may not occur on campus related to race and identity. We also aim to provide leadership development opportunities that encourage students to take the learnings from YLSC programming and apply them at home, school, and in their communities.


One of YLSC’s core tenants is to create spaces where students from diverse backgrounds can join together in shared conversations and experiences. We encourage students to build relationships with people from other schools, racial, ethnic, geographic, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds. This is also a welcoming and specially-created space for students who identify as LGBTQ+, have varying ability levels,  require translation and multilingual facilitators, and immigrant identity statuses. 

2021 YLSC Annual Summit

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Join us Saturday, November 13th for the 8th Annual Young Leaders, Strong City Racial Justice and Equity Teen Summit.


The summit is a full-day leadership development experience focused on student voice, having conversations about race, identity, and organizing for change.

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About us

The Youth Advisory Council meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month and accepts new students on an ongoing basis.

Join us! Your voice is needed.


"At schools, sometimes people don't have outlets to share about our own race and our own gender... It's nice to have a place to talk about who we are and how we represent ourselves as people. "

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The Young Leaders, Strong City staff is pleased to offer programming to local schools and districts. With the history of race and education in Dallas as a starting point, our team uses storytelling as a tool to inform students and develop a shared understanding of where their district began.