Mayor’s Youth Leaders in Action (MYLA) Page ContentThe City of Virginia Beach Mayor’s Youth Leaders in Action (MYLA) is a group of thirty (30) socially, economically and ethnically diverse middle and high school youth from across the city. The group was created with the belief that young people, if given the opportunity, could be meaningfully and successfully involved in making and impacting decisions that affect their lives. MYLA is a youth-led program that exists to be a positive force in the community through leadership, service, education, and representation. Leadership: develop and/or enhance youth leadership skills such as time management, organizational skills, decision making, teambuilding, goal setting, and mentoring Service: volunteer opportunities through city events, building camaraderie amongst the group to inspire and motivate others, build relationships, show a commitment to the community, and develop professionalism Education: share knowledge and facilitate learning through training youth and adults on various topics, facilitating and coordinating leadership workshops and retreats, developing creativity and public speaking skills Representation: opportunities to serve on city and community boards and committees and provide a youth perspective as well as networking opportunities About Us Officers:President: Kasey S.Vice President: Matt J.Secretary: Destinee P.Membership Coordinator: Sama K.Reporter/Historian: Joseph C.High Schools Represented:First Colonial HSPrincess Anne HSKellam HSBayside HSOcean Lakes HSKempsville HSGreen Run HSCape Henry CollegiateMiddle Schools Represented:Kempsville MSKemps Landing MagnetLarkspur MSPrincess Anne MSSalem MSRecognitionMYLA has been recognized with the following awards:Debra L. Elam Outstanding Youth Volunteer Group AwardDebra L. Elam Outstanding Youth Volunteer Individual AwardVirginia Beach Best All Around Youth Group AwardYouth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) Conference 2015 Mini GrantYouth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) Conference Wheeler Award Join MYLA Youth are accepted into the program through a selection process led by current MYLA officers. Prospective youth must submit an application, two (2) recommendation letters, and a copy of their most recent report card to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pending review, applicants will be notified of their status. An interview and program visit may be scheduled.Membership DocumentsMembership CriteriaMembership ApplicationRecommendation Request FormMYLA BylawsWhat will you gain as a member of MYLA?Have your voice heardLearn how to be an effective leaderFeel valued as a member of the communityMake a difference in the lives of othersNetwork with community leadersLearn about your communityGain the knowledge of community partnerships Testimonials "I started with MYLA in my freshman year. Joining this group was the greatest decision I made in high school. It was an amazing opportunity to plan events, encourage a better community for the youth of the city, and to meet the people that work tirelessly day in and day out to leave the city in a better position for all. Through MYLA, I learned time management and prioritization. This played a key role in college as I was able to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting in just three years. It is because of MYLA that I have become goal oriented and self-motivated and I have MYLA to thank for the person that I have become today. It was just a plus that I was able to land a great job with everything that I learned in MYLA. I am currently working at Hanes Brands Inc. as an Internal Auditor." -Elizabeth “Liz” Friss“Since joining MYLA, my daughter Destinee Pearson has matured in many ways. I have watched my daughter go from a shy quite young lady to someone that is willing to lead and looking for more ways to get involved in her community. MYLA offers young people the opportunity to be leaders in the community and role models to their peers. MYLA has helped mold my daughter into a committed young lady who has shown a responsibility and passion to change her community. Her mother and I are very proud of the positive change that MYLA is making in her life." - Pastor Virges Pearson Jr. Photos Contact InformationMayor's Youth Leaders in Action(757) 385-0428myla@VBgov.com Connect With Us!