Meet YLA Founder, President, and Executive Director Marie Tomao

I am an authentic, fun loving, determined, values-driven woman of faith. My life motivation is based on the Starfish Story and my experiences as a mother, friend, professional, community leader, teacher, and mentor.  I am a 48-year resident of Clark County with a strong love and loyalty to God, family, and community. I am looking

Congratulations to Southern Nevada Devil Pup, YLA Eagle Helper and Rapport Teen Leadership Breakthrough graduate

*******YLA SUCESS STORY****** Congratulations to Southern Nevada Devil Pup, YLA Eagle Helper and Rapport Teen Leadership Breakthrough graduate, Jason Kallus who just became a United States Marine! We are all very proud ofYOU! Kallus (we call him Cali) not only attended our 12-week training program once but twice. He attendedthe 10-day Devil Pups encampment and

Southern Nevada Devil Pup - 2nd Lieutenant Alex Wilson

From Southern Nevada Devil Pup to 2nd Lieutenant Officer in The United States Marine Corps!

Congratulations, 2nd Lieutenant, Alex Wilson! Lieutenant Wilson was a Southern Nevada Devil Pup in 2014, Encampment Eagle in 2015 and Graduate of all of our leadership programs!! Now, he was sworn-in, as an OFFICER with The United States Marine Corps! RAH! We are extremely proud to see you use many of the leadership traits we

YLA Master Grad level - Zachary Johnston

Youth Leadership Authority is Building America’s Youth… One Teenager at a Time!!!

Youth Leadership Authority IS Building America’s Youth… One Teenager at a Time!!! This is the WHY… We are very proud of YLA Master Grad level, Zachary Johnston!!The pics and details below tell a story of his path to phenomenal leadership! He overcame personal, mental challenges and physical challenges that we admire and desire for all

YLA Graduates - Give Thanks

YLA Graduates Give Thanks

‘Tis the season of gratitude and no one says it better than our own Youth Leadership Authority graduates! “We learned … that sometimes in life, you might fail and that you shouldn’t be frustrated with that. You should move on and use it as an opportunity to learn and do better… I am very thankful

YLA - The Retreat 2020

The Retreat 2020 was a success!

For 17 years, Youth Leadership Authority has had a positive impact on Southern Nevada youth.  82% of our program graduates go on to college and 42% move into careers in the military, fire, police or first responders.   On the weekend of Oct. 24th & 25th we launched our A Safe Place to Land: The Retreat program. A 2-Day

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A YLA Parent’s Story

Lisa Chastain’s 7th grade son, Connor, recently attended the Youth Leadership Authority’s “The Retreat –  A Safe Place to Land” event. Read in Lisa’s own words the impact this event had on her son. From leadership training,  physical conditioning, and spiritual coaching to the environment of like minded teens and adults, it provided the inclusive and supportive experience

WODA 2020 Recipient - Marie Tomao

Congratulations to WODA 2020 Recipient, Marie Tomao in Education!

3 years ago…. YLA’s Founder Marie Tomao and her better half Sam graduated from LB2 and as Master Grads. Marie has taken 2 additional courses with Dale Carnegie since then. On October 14, 2020, she was named WODA’s 2020 “Education” Award Winner. For the work she has accomplished with the non-profit she founded, Youth Leadership

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