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YBLA Impact Report

2023 - Q1

A Message from The Martins

Hello Sponsors, Donors, Grantors, & Funders!

We couldn't wait to share our 2023 Q1 Impact Report with you. Your continued support and donations provided you Black leaders opportunities to serve in their communities and abroad. We thank you!

This quarter, we traveled with College Ambassadors to Israel and Egypt, served in Title I schools, collected donations for families in need, and visited the White House after receiving a special invitation from VP Kamala Harris. Our Ambassadors are growing in leadership roles and nurturing a heart of service.

Lastly, we're incredibly grateful to you, members of the YBLA community, for your continued support of our mission and vision.

Building Leaders,

John & Tammy Martin, YBLA Co-Founders

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Leaders Making an Impact

20,000+ People Served this Quarter

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College Ambassadors in Israel

1,700

pounds of clementines & beets sorted for families in need in Israel

Holiday Service

4,466

toys collected & distributed to elementary school students

$7,000

Belk gift cards provided to families in need during the holidays

YBLA MLK Day of Service

12,994

food, clothing, and toiletry items collected & distributed

500

staff appreciation bags packaged & delivered

11,000

new shoes sorted & shipped for Samaritan's Feet

Our Impact Story

Chavous Langhorn at The White House

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"It’s not every day that you receive an opportunity to attend an event with the Vice president of the United States of America. The only emotion that I can express is gratitude. I’m thankful that Mr. Kevin Monroe reached out to YBLA for a young leader to attend the Black History Celebration. I’m grateful that when Coach Land was presented with this opportunity, he thought of me. I’m thankful that Mr. and Mrs. Martin are ensuring I’m safe and secure on this trip. I’m also grateful to my community of supporters who are always rooting for me. Last, most certainly not least, none of this is possible without God, so I use these final words to thank God for this fantastic opportunity.

"Seeing Black leaders of such a magnitude express their passions their workings, and their wisdom was simply exceptional."

This experience has shown me that I’m doing all the right things to have been in the spaces I was welcomed into. This has also shown me that I need to continue to walk in my faith in God because, with God, experiences like this are possible. Seeing Black leaders of such a magnitude express their passions, the workings, and their wisdom was simply exceptional. Many of the themes we discussed are things we all know very well. However, when it comes from the mouth of the people we aspire to be, it holds a different weight. I heard themes of taking risks and not being afraid to fail, securing a seat at the table while bringing others with you, and many more. I will use the knowledge I received and spread it to my community. In those spaces, I will detail my experiences and let them know they aren’t too young or too far removed from me to go on a similar path. In fact, they, too, can go to places I’ve been and sit in greater rooms than I’ve sat in. It’s important that we continue with the cycle of empowerment and figure out more ways to get more young Black leaders into these transformational spaces."

- Sr. Ambassador Chavous Langhorn

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Sponsor Highlight

The YBLA thanks Equitable Foundation for supporting our 2023 MLK Day of Service. Equitable Foundation's $7,500 sponsorship helped us serve in three Title I high schools in Charlotte, NC. 

"Equitable is so proud to be a part of your MLK Day of Service. Partnering with YBLA is a great way to demonstrate a force for good. And that's what we're all about at Equitable."

Jarian Kerekes

Head of Social Impact, Equitable Foundation

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