Youth Leadership Academy

About Thomas Davis Youth Leadership Academy

Applications Open!

The Thomas Davis Youth Leadership Academy (TDYLA) is committed to providing leadership development and training to a group of motivated MIDDLE SCHOOL students.

Interested nominees should:

  • Be students enrolled in middle school
  • Demonstrate their leadership potential for community trusteeship
  • Exhibit interest in community service
  • Commit to FULL PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE in all Thomas Davis YLA programs
  • (80% attendance is required to continue participation and graduate)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic, attendance and citizenship records
  • Wear a mask at each session

2021 -2022 Program Schedule

Due to a limited number of positions in the academy, a commitment to the program and full attendance at each activity is expected. If you cannot make a full commitment to the program, please do not apply. 

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TDYLA was developed by Carolina Panther player Thomas Davis’ Defending Dreams Foundation. The program equips middle school age youth with the practical skills needed to become productive, self-fulfilled and achievement-oriented young adults and community leaders.

The program’s goal is to support or build an educational foundation for the student and to help each participant realize and/or maximize their full potential. The hope is that TDYLA will produce leaders and role models who will lead projects that will help in the improvement of their neighborhoods and communities.