The Alamance Youth Leadership Academy (AYLA) is a two-year program committed to building strong foundations for future leaders. Founding members identified middle school as a time of critical personal development and an opportunity to engage area seventh and eighth graders in leadership and service. The following partner schools host an AYLA chapter and offer this program as an opportunity for their students:
- Blessed Sacrament School
- Broadview Middle School
- The Burlington School
- Clover Garden Charter School
- Graham Middle School
- Hawfields Middle School
- Southern Middle School
- Turrentine Middle School
- Woodlawn Middle School
- Western Middle School
Students are selected to participate through an application process. Thanks to our program partners, this opportunity is offered to students at no cost. Rising 7th graders who are interested in the program should consult with their school’s AYLA chapter advisor for an application and more information.
Throughout the program, students will gain:
- The ability to identify, develop and exercise leadership skills
- The ability to work in teams
- The confidence and ability to speak well in public
- Problem-solving skills
- Communication skills
- Organization and facilitation skills
- Motivational skills
- Relationships with students from other schools
AYLA is supported by strong partners, including the Elon University Center for Leadership and the Alamance-Burlington School System, as well as our Founding Sponsor, LabCorp, and our Program Sponsors, Cone Health, Glen Raven, Inc., and Samet Corporation.
AYLA chapter meetings are held throughout the year at various times dependent on the school. Joint chapter events are held 4 Fridays a year from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. A Summer Institute is held mid-June for each new student cohort. Applications available in mid-February.
Contact Info: Jenna Heydt | 336-606-0107 | email@example.com