The YBLA Ambassador program is the organization’s flagship platform.  Ambassadors are the face of the organization, personifying our commitment to student leadership, service, and education.

The Ambassador program begins in high school. Ambassadors are our most elite student leaders who serve as role models for their peers and change agents in their communities. Students in this program will be trained in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens; Certified in Toastmasters and BB&T Emerging Leaders Program. This program will be delivered using a combined in-person and online method. 

Students selected after our application and tryout process will go through our leadership certification process. After successful completion of the Leadership certification requirements and the Ambassador Cycle, students will receive our signature “Ambassador Blazer”.

Students must:

  • Be a young black male or female in 11th grade

  • Students must have a minimum, cumulative, weighted GPA of 3.0

  • Be available to meet on a weekly basis plus some weekends

  • College bound 


Nyami Aghedo

UNC Chapel Hill

Justin Peterkin


Jasmine Amaniampong


Kelsey McDowell

UNC Chapel Hill

Diandre Richie

UNC Wilmington

Janylah Smith

UNC Greensboro

Harold Lowe


Are you ready to become a YBLA Ambassador?


Do you want to……


  • Be the face of an organization impacting the world

  • Develop a lifelong sister/brotherhood

  • Impact, influence, and serve others

Ambassador Benefits:

  • Access to Internships and scholarships

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Training

  • Professionalism and Etiquette Training

  • College Readiness Training

  • Access to business and community leaders

  • E's of Networking Training

  • Career Exploration Events

  • Toastmasters Certification

  • BB&T Emerging Leaders Certification



YBLA is building a pipeline of young black leaders on a global scale who will Lead the “New Reality” for generations to come. YBLA needs individuals that have a mind that will never stop learning, a body that will never stop leading, and a heart that will never stop serving.


If you are ready to Be the Example... then this is the program for you!!


Application Open in January

Frequently Asked Questions

Ambassador Program Questions

  1. What is the Ambassador Program?
    The Ambassador Program is YBLA’s premier leadership development and college readiness
    program. The program starts in the 11th grade and continues through college into early
    professional years. Applicants must have a weighted 3.0 GPA to apply. The program starts in
    September. Deadline to apply is Sunday, August 23.

  2. What happens if I cannot get my grades uploaded in time to register?
    There is a parent verification section on the application. However, you will need to confirm your grades by using an unofficial transcript before the orientation. If you fail to show your documentation at the required time, you will not be allowed to continue in the program.

  3. When will I find out if I was selected in the Ambassador Program?
    You will be notified via email by Friday, August 28.

  4. Will there be another opportunity to apply this year?
    Unfortunately, not. YBLA opens enrollment one time a year to 11th grade students only.

  5. Do you take 9th, 10th, and 12th graders?
    YBLA does not admit 9th , 10th , or new 12th graders. Once you come in as an 11th grader, you continue through your 12th grade year.

  6. Will there ever be in-person sessions?
    No, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ambassador Program will be 100% virtual for the entire 2020-2021 school year.

  7. Will the parent sessions be mandatory?
    No, but highly encouraged. Parent sessions are provided as a valuable part of the program.

  8. Are all the sessions mandatory?
    Yes, but we understand things happen. Absences will be excused or unexcused according to your leadership coach.

  9. If I choose to leave during my junior year, will I be allowed to re-enroll my senior year?
    Unfortunately, no due to the missed trainings that you will not be able to make up.

  10. How many Ambassadors are you accepting this year?
    Our target goal is to admit 276 new 11th grade Ambassadors.

  11. Do I get to choose my meeting date and time?
    Yes, once you are notified that you have advanced to a virtual interview, you will have the opportunity to pick all the days you are available. We will try to accommodate your requests but cannot make any guarantees.

  12. Can I be in a group with my friends?
    Team selections are based on overall availability of the applicants; therefore, it is possible that
    Ambassadors may be in groups with their friends, but we cannot guarantee it.

  13. What is the selection process?
    At the Summit, 11th graders with a 3.0 GPA and higher will be invited to apply. We will review
    the applications and select the first 350 qualified applicants to move to the interview process.
    Applicants will be notified on Sunday, August 23 if they have been selected for a virtual
    interview. At that time, applicants will choose your interview time slot. Interviews will take place
    Mon, August 24 through Thursday, Aug 27th . On Fri, August 28, final notifications will be sent
    with an Acceptance or Waitlist decision.

  14. Will the Ambassador teams be unisex or co-ed?
    All teams will be co-ed.

Payment Questions

  1. Is there a discount for paying in full for the Ambassador Program?
    Yes. A 5% discount will be given if you pay a 12-month (Sept-August) tuition in full. The annual
    fee is $1788. With the 5% discount, your tuition will be $1698.

  2. What is the monthly cost of the program?
    $149/month that will be automatically drafted from a credit card

  3. Are there other payment methods if I do not want to be auto-drafted?
    Yes, you can pay the tuition in full.

  4. Is there a sibling discount?
    Yes. Siblings will receive a 10% discount. Discounted payment will be $269/month or
    $3218/annually for two students.

  5. If I have problems completing the registration form, who do I contact?
    Please email info@youngblackleadership.org and someone will respond to your question.

  6. Are there financial aid scholarships available for the Ambassador Program?
    Yes, there will be an application available at the time you apply for the program.

  7. When are registration fees due?
    After receiving an acceptance email into the Ambassador Program, you will have 48 hrs to
    confirm the acceptance by completing your member profile and payment information. The
    registration fee and September (pro-rated) membership fee of $149 will be auto-drafted on
    Thurs, Sept 3.

  8. What happens if I do not complete the membership profile and payment information within
    48hrs after acceptance?

    Your acceptance will be revoked, and your spot will be given to the next student on the waiting
    list. Before removing your name to the team roster, we will notify you to confirm your decision.

  9. If I am accepted to receive a financial aid scholarship, when will I be notified?
    You will be notified of your financial scholarship amount at the same time you receive
    confirmation that you have been accepted in the Ambassador Program.

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