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A Message from Our Executive Director


Welcome to the African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC)!

My name is Ersaleen Hope, and I am delighted that you have come here and decided to take the first step toward community and volunteer activisim!  The AAYLC is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is entirely supported by the community and volunteers. Sponsorships, donations, and community organizations (business, civic, academic, religious, fraternal, social, and civic) help to fund the conference. 


The AAYLC continues to embark on an amazing journey to uphold our purpose of providing and supporting educational, personal and leadership development for youth. The AAYLC will be hosting its annual conference on March 9, 2024!

Each year, the conference delivers innovative, evoking, and engaging content that provides impactful development experiences for youth and their families. As a parent, I recognize the value and the doors education can open as it serves as one of the gateways to upward social mobility, especially for socially disadvantaged communities. AAYLC continues to help our youth acquire the skills and full character competencies to become thriving leaders of tomorrow. 


I am honored to serve as AAYLC's executive director, and I encourage you to join me in supporting an organization that has consistently spoken up for our youth and our community by becoming engaged today! I welcome you to join us in our efforts by becoming a student, parent, volunteer, presenter, sponsor, or donor. Our team of talented volunteers are passionate about delivering innovative programs and experiences to enhance student empowerment in their communities and beyond.  Feel free to reach out to us at  We would love to hear from you.

Thank you for your continued support!

Ersaleen Hope

Executive Director

African American Youth Leadership Conference

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