Youth Action Council (YAC) is a year-long youth development program for NLE teen alums to continue their mentorship by connecting with artists, scholars and activists to explore the intersections of the arts and social justice.

Starting Fall 2018, the Youth Action Council (YAC) is a new initiative that will meet bi-weekly to build social engagement and creative leadership by and for young people. Themes will explore the intersections of art, environment, human rights, politics, leadership, historical awareness, and more.


  • Workshops and skill-building exercises that combine leadership development, political education and art-making
  • Cross-city conversations with other young leaders
  • Collective development of two public events
  • Participation as ambassadors of a youth perspective at wider NLE events

In order to support teens of all socioeconomic backgrounds NLE will facilitate transportation, supply food during meetings and offer stipends to Council members.

Applications for the 2018-19 term have closed. Please contact with any questions.

2018-2019 Youth Action Council Members:
Ashanti Strong| Jade Villegas | Jontay Beckles |  Justice Jones | Kalia Asencio | Mariel Martinez | Marvens Volcimus | Sarahfina Cunningham | Stephanie Martinez

Click here to check out YAC’s 2018 Archive, YACADEMICS

This online journal documents their experiences and reflections on the program so far along with interviews of each member of the Council.