The Young Leadership Council (YLC), a non-profit, non-partisan civic organization created to develop leadership through community projects, is the oldest young professional organization in the country. Since it began in 1986, the YLC, with more than 1,300 member-volunteers, has developed and implemented a large number of projects throughout the greater New Orleans area that have had lasting positive effects on the community and the economy.

A few the YLC’s projects include raising money to add lights to the Crescent City Connection, establishing the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, starting the New Orleans: Proud to Call It Home campaign and coordinating the Wednesday at the Square spring concert series. Past YLC member-volunteers have become some of the most influential leaders in the City who attribute their leadership capabilities in part to their previous work with the organization.
Recent and upcoming activities:

  • On November 9, the YLC relaunched the popular New Orleans: Proud to Call It Home campaign with a new, interactive component to capitalize on the optimism and enthusiasm of Post-Katrina New Orleans. Visit to upload a message or video on why you are Proud and you’ll receive a Proud Passport good for discounts around town.

  • December 18 from 10am – 2pm: Volunteer with the Green It project and assist with coastal wetland propagation and planting through the LSU Ag Center’s Wetland Plant Center in City Park.

Keep up with all the YLC’s activities by signing up for The Weekly Mark, an e-newsletter that goes out every Monday with upcoming events and news you can use about the YLC.