The FYLA Class of 2024 Mentor and Mentee application period is Now Open. Application deadline is December 10, 2023.
FYLA 2024 Mentor Application PDF - (Word Version)
FYLA 2024 Mentee Application PDF - (Word Version)
To inspire young leaders through building healthy relationships, exploring leadership development, and actively engaging within their communities.
The Florida Youth Leadership Academy (FYLA) kicked off its first class in December 2007 in Orlando, Florida. What initiated as a professional development project under the direction of Florida’s Department of Children and Families’ Child Welfare Leadership Program and Connected by 25, grew into a statewide mentorship and leadership program for youth involved in the child welfare system.
FYLA is for youth involved with Florida's child welfare system who meet the eligibility criteria. The FYLA group travels four times throughout the program year to engage in several educational and leadership activities, including touring the State Capitol, Supreme Court, and college campuses across Florida. Additionally, throughout the program year, FYLA youth and their mentors meet regularly in their local areas to focus on specific learning objectives, including networking, public speaking, resume-building, and interviewing skills as well as meeting with child welfare leadership in your local areas. Mentors assist their youth in achieving their individualized goals that they set at the beginning of the year. Each FYLA class concludes with a graduation ceremony during the annual Child Protection Summit.”