Our StaffDianha Ortega-Ehreth
Board Member & Support Specialist
12th Grade Trainer
Bilingual Parent Meeting Assistant
10th grade Trainer
11th grade trainer
Parent Meeting Translator
8th grade trainer
7th grade trainer
9th grade trainer
Maria de los Angeles Borrero
The YLA is a 501c3 non-profit organization delivering a unique program for students from low-income backgrounds who want to go to college. We offer leadership training sessions two Saturdays per month during the academic year to our cadets (7th - 12th grade) from across the Elgin Community College District 509, which includes Illinois school districts U-46, D300, D301 and D303. The YLA also offers field trips to visit colleges and universities, exposure to hands-on community service learning and volunteering experiences, classes tailored for parents of YLA cadets and free tutoring. Students apply in the 6th grade and if selected, participate in the program until high school graduation. At the conclusion of their six years with the YLA, if students are in good academic standing when they graduate from high school, they will be awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend Elgin Community College for two consecutive years to complete an associate's degree. Further, additional full tuition scholarships at Judon University, a private liberal arts college also located in Elgin, Illinois, for an additional up to three years may be available.
LOCAL and NATIONAL Recognition
* YLA cadets are involved in over a dozen community service learning project every year. One project back in 2010-2011 partnered with a coalition of Latino organizations and focused on encouraging Latinos to vote in local elections. It was awarded an Elgin Image Award in 2011.
* AT&T Investing in Illinois Award recipient 2012
* The College Board, the national organization dedicated to college readiness supports for schools, organizations and higher education institutions, named the YLA the 2013 Midwest Regional winner of the Getting Ready (for College) Innovation Award.
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YLA offices are located at 410 Renner Drive, Elgin, IL 60123. Saturday class sessions are held at the ECC main campus.
YLA Office Hours