Baltimore City Public schools are underfunded and African American males are growing disengaged in learning, resulting in low literacy and higher crime rates.

Derrick is a 6th grader. He is too embarrassed to participate in class because he struggles with reading. His teachers have too many students to focus on his needs and often scold him for not participating. He feels like he doesn’t belong. He has missed more than 60 days of school. He wants to be successful but feels that it’s too late.



YKLA supports students in the school setting by providing academic interventions and unique learning experiences in a risk-free learning environment. We believe that if students are exposed to unique learning experiences and cultivated as leaders in their schools and communities, they can produce a culture that excels academically and places a high value on education.