Youth Leadership Member Interest Group (YLMIG)

Who are we?
This community serves as a forum for all those who study, research, practice, teach, or develop leadership among youth and as a context for cross-generational dialogue about the challenges young leaders face now and in the future. The intention of this MIG is to support knowledge and practice for next generation leadership, in collaboration with other ILA MIGs, by building community and connection among all ILA members who hold an interest in this area.

What are our current priorities?
  • Increase membership
  • Showcase high-impact work of youth leadership scholars, practioners and organizations
  • Lay the foundation for future publication
  • Increase digital and social media presence
  • Gather data on youth demographics worldwide
How can ILA members be involved?
  • Submitting and reviewing proposals for ILA Annual Global Conference
  • Hosting webinars on youth leadership
  • Sharing relevant scholarship
  • Sharing opportunities for youth leadership development or research

Past Events and Activities
2015 - 2011: Youth Leadership Networking Dinner at ILA Annual Global Conferences.

How to Affiliate With This Community
ILA members who affiliate with a MIG receive occasional emails of interest from their MIG leaders including volunteer openings, updates on MIG initiatives, and opportunities to provide feedback. To affiliate/join: log in to this profile update form, scroll down and "Edit Your ILA Member Community Settings." Make sure to click Submit at the bottom of the page in order to save your changes.

Contact ILA's membership team at with any general questions about ILA's member communities.


Angel Acosta has spent the last five years working for a national nonprofit that focuses on college access and youth leadership development, College For Every Student (CFES). He has supported over 90 K-12 schools across 10 states in the organization's mission to increase the academic aspirations and access to higher education for low-income youth. CFES works with 200 schools in 27 states. He is currently a program director for schools in NYC while enrolled in doctorate program in curriculum and teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Angel also serves as the Director of Leadership exCHANGE's Global Leadership Program in Rome. He is very committed to collaborating with youth leadership practitioners throughout the globe. ×


Joanna Stanberry is the Executive Director of the New York Dream Center, a nonprofit serving New Yorkers living in public housing and recovering from homelessness. Her experience includes buying for an ecommerce startup, and nonprofit marketing, fundraising, and programming.

For the past decade she has worked as a freelance researcher and consultant in organizational behavior, with research interests spanning millennials, positive approaches to organizational learning, and the work of Peter Drucker. Joanna earned an MA in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University, and a BA in Government from Claremont McKenna College. She has studied leadership at NGOs in Bolivia and Brazil through grants from the Kravis Leadership Institute. ×


Ashley Cole joined American University in 2007 as an Assistant Director of Admissions. Ashley is responsible for recruiting and working with students in New York City, and transfer students. Ashley is involved in the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), the New York State Association of College Admissions Counseling (NYSACAC) and the College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY). Prior to working at American University, Ashley worked at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in education at Northeastern University and is researching African American males who have/had incarcerated parents, yet persisted to college. Ashley presented this topic at the International Leadership Association conference this past October in Barcelona under the Youth Leadership MIG. Ashley actively presents a number of topics at conferences held by organizations such as the College Board and NACAC, and often focuses on areas including diversity, mentoring, youth leadership, best practices in college admissions, and student retention. ×