Young Advocate Leadership Training (YALT®) Program

Awake youth of the land and accept this noble challenge of salvaging the strong ship of civilization by the anchors of right, justice and love. -Ella Baker

Training at a Glance


The YALT program is conducted by the Children’s Defense Fund on the behalf of the Black Community Crusade for Children (BCCC) campaign. The YALT program is a critical component of CDF/BCCC youth leadership development work. The program is two-fold:

Build a movement for children.

The YALT program maintains a national network of young servant leaders committed to child advocacy and social justice. The national Young Leaders Action Network is a forum to engage servant leaders across the country in ongoing dialogue and effective action necessary to address the toxic cocktail of poverty, illiteracy, racial disparities and massive incarceration that is sentencing millions of children to dead-end, powerless and hopeless lives and threatens to undermine the past half century of racial and social progress.

Train a new cadre of young leaders.

With an esteemed faculty and core training team, YALT equips young servant leaders with intensive and specialized training so that they can return home and continue to sow the seeds necessary to build a movement for children. YALT is designed to train and prepare young servant leaders 18 to 30 years old to be a strong and effective voice for all children but especially those left behind. The three-day organizing and advocacy-based curriculum is offered at regular intervals throughout the year at the Children’s Defense Fund’s Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tenn., CDF’s spiritual renewal and servant-leadership development center for building a movement to save children.

Join the Young Leaders Action Network to connect with other Servant Leaders and get information about upcoming training and community outreach opportunities.

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