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Who We Are

Committed to Making a Difference


At YBLA, we identify, educate and develop young black leaders to have a positive impact in their community and beyond. We focus on helping our young people become leaders that are college and career ready. Our young leaders are trained to reach back and mentor elementary, middle and high school students as they achieve. We achieve this through Leadership, Service and Education.


Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

At YBLA, we strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work.  We value our people and the differences they bring in diversity of thought, culture, age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability and experience. We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace where everyone, from any background, can do their best work.


Leadership Today and Tomorrow

Many people say that young people are our future leaders. We believe that we cannot afford to wait for them to be future leaders but we must develop them to be leaders Today and Tomorrow. Our unique hands-on Leadership Development programs help young people and their parents:


Engage in transformational experiences

Broaden the mind through experience based, interactive learning

Reach back to help others reach their potential

Become college and career ready

Become part of a community of like-minded, success-focused individuals

We Build Leaders through Education, Experience and Exposure. 




John Martin

Founder | CEO & President

Tammy Martin

Founder | CPO

Christopher Land
Head Coach

Michelle Grace
Executive Assistant

Fran Mayer
Leadership Coach

Nicolas Bratcher
Leadership Coach

Erica Plowden
Marketing & Communications Manager

Kim Reddig
Black Talent Pipeline Coordinator

Ronny Reddig
Curriculum & Service Specialist

Ashley Tarver
College Advisor

Wanda Tyler Smith
Ambassador Program Coordinator

We're Hiring
Career Opportunities

Leadership Development Instructor for Black Youth in High School

The Leadership Coach plays a critical role in the ongoing development of YBLA’s high-achieving high school students. The Leadership Coach provides coaching, direction, instruction, and guidance to young Black men to help them become successful and significant leaders. The Leadership Coach must effectively communicate, engage, challenge, and monitor the participation of the student Ambassadors and parents in a hybrid program model. The Leadership Coach must also possess skills to develop relationships with their local high schools and community leaders throughout the year to recruit students on their team the following year.

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