Meet Svetlana Carter Svetlana is our Treasurer and has has been with YLA for three years. I have known the Executive Director of Youth Leadership Authority (YLA), Marie Tomao, since 2011, and I have had the pleasure of witnessing her passion for helping youth. I watched YLA grow and develop over the years and was honored
Meet Colonel Ray Blum Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, Ret. (30 Yrs.); Teacher/Coach/ AD, L.A.U.S.D. (34 Yrs.) Colonel Blum has been on YLA’s Board for four years. I was a teacher from 1968 to 2006 and in the Marine Corps from 1969 to 2000. As a Teacher I was mostly a P.E. Teacher/Coach/ Athletic Director working with High School students.
Meet Kathy Chavez Kathy is our 1st Sergeant and the Mom of our SNDP program. She is an Executive Resolutions Specialist at Bank of America and has been on YLA’s Board for three years. I have been actively involved with YLA since 2018 when my son attended the 12-week Southern Nevada Devil Pups training and community service program.
Scott has been with YLA for one year and he is an outstanding example of leadership for our students! For the past 26 years, I have had the privilege to serve as an emergency responder in Las Vegas and Henderson. Through my work as a paramedic and member of the Henderson Fire Department, I have come
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
‘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
“Thank you so much for (YLA’s) support in helping me grow into the person I am today…This program helped me in so many ways…I have been accepted into the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and I will be majoring in Nursing.” This is just part of what Felicia Ricafort, a senior at Durango High School and
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
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
A Safe Place to Land When the world slowed down…YLA MOVED FORWARDand created “A Safe Place To Land”Fall/Winter Series YLA’s A Safe Place to Land, is a 4-part series of classes/programs witha “whole person” approach that deliversimpactful, physical, personal, professional, and spiritual training from afive-star leadership development team of community leaders. YLA has also been