Non-Profit Spotlight: YLC

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Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is a non-profit, non-partisan civic organization created to develop leadership through various community projects. The vision of YLC is to be a platform for young professionals to build strong communities and enact social change. 

YLC Projects 

Wednesday at the Square

Wednesday at the Square (WATS) is a free, 10-week concert series at Lafayette Square, where any food and drink purchases benefit YLC. Beginning in March, WATS runs until May and takes place between 5-8 p.m. WATS is always looking for volunteers for beer and ticket sales, so if you are interested, email [email protected]

Toastmasters Club

The Toastmasters Club is a great way to improve public speaking skills. This program has six sessions; attendees will complete two speeches and give one peer evaluation. Upon completion, attendees are moved to a higher session with progressing criteria. While there are six sessions in total, attendees can do as many or few as they’d like. It’s important to note any participants must be YLC members. To get involved, contact [email protected]

Mentorship Program

This program is a new initiative that pairs YLC Board Alumni and Role Models with current YLC members to support overall professional and civic leadership. The mentorship program runs from June 1st to November 30th and consists of one-hour monthly meetings over six months. To apply, fill out this form

Leadership Development Series

YLC began the Leadership Development Series (LDS) in 2003 as a formalized leadership course to train members in leadership skills. The series is ten weeks and engages young professionals interested in leadership development, networking, and communication. LDS includes content speakers, small-group interactions, and more. For more information, email [email protected]

YLC Assists

YLC Assists is a community involvement project geared towards professionals who want to impact the New Orleans community but have more restricted schedules. YLC Assists events occur once a month, usually on the weekend. The events are diverse and range from quick and dirty beautification projects to serving meals to the homeless. Volunteers are asked to commit 3-4 hours per project and can pitch in as much or as little as they’d like throughout the year. For more information, email [email protected]

Lafayette Square Conservancy

Lafayette Square Conservancy (LSC) is dedicated to preserving and improving Lafayette Square, which was founded in 1788. Volunteers provide seasonal plantings, fertilization, mulching, cleaning, and other general maintenance. In addition, LSC coordinates with various city departments and partners with the Department of Parks and Parkways and the Downtown Development District for grants and sponsorships. For more information, reach out to [email protected]. You can also join the emailing list by clicking here or donate by clicking here.

To learn about the other YLC projects, click here, and to view their events calendar, click here


YLC is open to all individuals aged 21 to 42. Once you have submitted your form, you will receive a welcome email detailing the next steps. You can join as an individual for $60 annually ($30 if you are a student) or enroll in a corporate membership for $1,000 with an unlimited number of team members allowed. For more information on memberships, click here

 If you have additional questions about YLC memberships, contact the office at [email protected] or call them at (504) 585-1500. 

Membership Benefits

YLC has many member benefits, including the following: 

  • Exclusive career development programs
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Happy hours
  • Leadership luncheons
  • Membership events 

To learn more about the benefits, click here. 

YLC Committees

The committees that YLC has for members include the development, communications, community engagement, and leadership committees. Click here to learn more and find relevant contact information if you want to join a specific committee. 


If you would like to donate to YLC, you can fill out this form. You can also donate as a company if you would like. Contributions of any size are accepted and appreciated. 

For more information about YLC, call them at (504) 585-1500, email them at [email protected], or visit their office at 1840 Euterpe St.