Promoting Positive Community Change

“NYLT was an enriching experience,” said Erin Gamba, Youth Advisory Council member. “I was given the ability to meet people who share the same passion about meaningful service and promoting positive community change as I do.” Citing the NYLT’s myriad activities, Gamba praised the mix of classic summer camp fare, like team-builders and outdoor hikes, with thoughtful challenges, including leadership activities to facilitate cooperation.

Gamba attended the National Youth Leadership Training in 2016, and became a full-fledged YAC member immediately after. This year, she’ll be back at camp in a mentor capacity, welcoming a new crop of young people into the 30+ year legacy of NYLT.

NYLT has since its inception focused on issues of equity, diversity, and social justice. Said Gamba, “We were given the opportunity to process cultural norms, and how we could be active [and] listen to our communities. NYLT allowed people to be vulnerable without fear of judgment, [which] facilitated an authentic atmosphere and the ability to build deeper connections.”

For young people eager to take action through service and develop their leadership, NYLT is it. Welcoming entering 9th through 12th grade students, the community cultivated at NYLT is a force for good.

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