About us
Mission Statement

YALD is a non-profit organization that focuses on Youth Leadership Development for Junior H.S. through college age students. By implementing core elements, our students will grow into active contributors of positive change within our communities.

YALD provides access to information, resources and opportunities for the young adults in our community. YALD also helps them set achievable goals while developing a positive mindset that will help structure their future.

YFFL Initiative

YFFL (YALD Flag Football League) focuses on influencing the moral development of junior high school through college aged students. One of our initiatives is using flag football as a vehicle to speak to these young minds. This program was created to provide positive guidance for the youth of the Washington Heights community to motivate them to reach their greatest potential.

We strongly believe that YALD's main philosophy will serve as a foundation to plant the seed in the minds of our students, so they can grow into active and mature contributors of positive change in our community. In addition, we create awareness of the importance of education and community service, and topics such as health, sex, drugs and any other hardship that might come their way.

Part of our initiative:
  • Encourage players to maintain satisfactory grades in school and emphasize the importance of keeping a proper balance between academic and athletic endeavors.
  • Emphasize the values of education and importance of behaving at school, home and in the community.
  • Bringing our youth closer through a common interest in sports and competition.
  • Help teach responsibility and build character while playing the game.
  • Encourage physical fitness and a healthy nutritional lifestyle while providing guidance and motivation.
  • Provide the opportunity to be part of a team, while building respect for their peers.