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YBLA Impact Report

2024 - Q1

A Message from The Martins

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Hello Sponsors, Donors, Grantors, & Funders!

We're proud to share some amazing highlights from our leaders during the first quarter of 2024. First, with our Jr. Ambassadors earning their Toastmasters certifications. They competed in regional showcases in Charlotte and Atlanta, culminating in the first YBLA Toastmasters Championship in Greenville, SC. Thanks to your support, all the top 20 finalists received college scholarships.

Our Sr. Ambassadors completed Senior Impact Projects, positively affecting 2,953 individuals nationwide. We selected 17 new Emerging Professionals for the BTP24 cohort. Recently, the group benefited from a weekend leadership retreat focusing on servant leadership principles.

Our YoPros (Young Professionals) are gearing up to travel to Los Angeles, CA for the 2nd annual Global Leadership Forum. YoPros have already attended professional development workshops on networking with our sponsors at Bank of America, and a health and wellness panel followed by a pickleball session last month.

We're thrilled to announce that our Legacy Builders Gala will be in person this year, and we're excited to share that it is already sold out! However, your continued support through donations ensures that our vital work can flourish.

Finally, we extend a special thank you to Food Lion for replenishing the food pantry at Harding High School. Additionally, we express our gratitude to each of you for your commitment to our mission.


Building Leaders,

John & Tammy Martin, YBLA Founders


Leaders Making an Impact

 60,000+ People Served this Quarter 


YBLA MLK Day of Service

Our Ambassadors, BTP, and YoPros participated in our annual MLK Day of Service. We teamed up with Feed the Hunger for a pack-a-thon at two Title I high schools in Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, GA. 

YBLA leaders and board members, and corporate sponsors volunteered for school beautification projects, stocking food and clothing pantries, and processed shoes at Samaritan's Feet International.


Meals Packaged


Clothing Items Donated




Service Hours

 Watch our MLK Day of Service Video 

Samaritan's Feet International

Our Jr. Ambassadors from Charlotte, NC, served at Samaritan's Feet International for MLK Day. They sorted shoes and learned about the organization that provides the shoes they will distribute during their service trip to Belize.


Shoes sorted & prepared for shipment

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Pairs of Got Sneakers processed


Volunteer hours valued at $5,437.80



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YBLA Toastmasters

Jr. Ambassadors are officially Toastmasters certified! As the final step to earning this crucial leadership development training, they wrote, practiced, and performed their Black History Month-themed speeches.


Jr. Ambassadors


Leadership Hours

Watch the Winning Speeches

1st Place
Nia Sydnor, Atlanta
2nd Place
Nia'jah Hill, Atlanta
3rd Place
DeShawn Standard, Charlotte
 Toastmasters Champions: Charlotte 
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Sr. Ambassador Impact Projects

Sr. Ambassadors identified their passions and organized service events to impact their communities. They worked in teams and individually and presented their projects to their peers, parents, and community members.


Jr. Ambassadors




Service Hours


People Impacted

Get Involved

Our Legacy Builders Gala is on April 20, 2024. We thank our supports for helping us sell out tickets to our annual fundraiser! You can still support us as we "Build a Legacy of Leaders". Please consider becoming one of our donors committed to making our vision a reality.

Sponsor Highlight

YBLA thanks Food Lion and Food Lion Feeds for donating cases of food and beverages to our service events this quarter. Their donations ensured that food banks in Title I schools were stocked and sponsored our Success by Choice Conference. Thank you for serving our community with us!

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