Youth Advocacy and Leadership Coalition


The Youth Advocacy and Leadership Coalition (YALC) is a civic leadership program for youth ages 13-18 in Cuyahoga County. The YALC develops young adult leaders by training and supporting them in advocating for youth issues and links them to their communities through service learning experiences.

Recent YALC Accomplishments:

  • Hosted over 300 youth in a Youth Summit titled “We are the Majority! Celebrating Youth Voices”. 
  • Partnered with 8 local agencies in Cuyahoga County to host the 1st Annual “We Are the Majority Rally”
  • Hosted YALC Youth Hunger Games to advocate against hunger through a day of obstacle courses.
  • YALC Youth traveled to Washington D.C. for the National Service Learning Conference to present their “Wealth, Power and the Little Guy” workshop to youth from around the world.
  • Members participated in numerous service learning projects including Riversweep, Midtown Clean Up, Christmas with the Kids at the Cleveland Public Library, sewing baby slings for first time mothers and Gardening at the Hospice of the Western Reserve.
  • Members took part in a 3 day 2 night Advanced Leadership Retreat to enhance leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.

Get Involved!

Contact us at 330-599-7720 for more information on how to join!

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Youth Outdoors

Youth Outdoors, a partnership with Cleveland Metroparks, strives to meet the developmental needs of urban youth living in the City of Cleveland through involvement in outdoor adventure and nature exploration activities.  Learn more by visiting their website:

AgriScience In the City

AgriScience In the City is a new and innovative 4-H program currently being piloted in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Created by House Bill 59 (2013) and sponsored by Representative Jim Buchy with local support from Representative Sandra Williams (Cleveland), AgriScience In the City has the simple goal of exposing city youth to, and preparing them for, careers in the agricultural sciences.  In Cleveland’s Central Promise neighborhood, Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) has partnered with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) to place a 4-H Program Manager full-time in George Washington Carver STEM Elementary School (K-8) to fulfill the mandates of HB 59. In place since February of 2014, Cleveland’s AgriScience In the City program has exposed Carver’s Pre-K through 8th grade students to hatching chicks, red worm composting, soil creation and seed planting, fiber explorations, mushroom log cultivation, and other hands-on, agriculture-related activities. The program there will continue for the 2014-15 school year and will include the addition of an after-school 4-H Club. In addition to the school-based program, Cleveland’s AgriScience In the City also developed and delivered a farm-themed summer day camp for Central Promise Neighborhood children in grades one through six. Camp participants did daily rabbit, chick and garden chores, and made home-made bread, butter, cheese, and ice cream in partnership with the host- Historic St. Andrews Episcopal Church. As a complement to the K-8 AgriScience in the City program and also a part of HB 59, CMSD has added an Agricultural Educator to its teaching staff at East Technical High School who is charged with creating a new Agriculture/Food Science career pathway at the secondary level and encouraging students to participate in Future Farmers of America.  Both CMSD and OSUE work jointly on transition activities to assist 7th and 8th grades interested in the new career pathway.

For more information on Cleveland’s AgriScience In the City program, please contact the 4-H Program Manager at 216-428-8200.

Real Money, Real World

Real Money, World (RMRW) is a financial literacy program for youth from Ohio State University Extension. It can be used with youth ages 12 – 18 but is ideally suited for youth ages 13-16. This curriculum is time tested and has been highly successful because of the creative community efforts of Extension educators, local school teachers, and community volunteers. RMRW is fun and distinctive because it includes an interactive spending simulation that provides the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those made by 27-year-old adults. As a program of Ohio State University Extension, the most preferred and successful RMRW programs are partnerships of the county OSU Extension office, the school, and the business community.  RMRW has three parts: Four preparatory classroom lessons; A hands-on budget management and decision-making spending simulation; and A post-session evaluation of spending choices made during the simulation.
RMRW has three primary goals:
  • To increase participants' awareness of how education level and corresponding career choice influence personal income and financial security.
  • To increase the students’ knowledge of money management tools used in daily spending for cost-of-living decisions.
  • To increase participants’ awareness of how income and lifestyle choices affect the amount of money available for discretionary spending
If you are interested in partnering with OSU Extension on this program, please contact our office. We are able to modify this program to meet the needs of diverse audiences and available time frames. Some current RMRW partnerships have included afterschool programs with local nonprofits, in school sessions, intensive summer sessions,  and special customization for home schooling groups.