The YLDP was founded in 2008 by Dr. Kevin Walsh and the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Along with his charter partners Jefferson State Community College and Lawson State Community College, Dr. Walsh has worked to grow the YLDP into what has been called the premier youth leadership program in Alabama. Referred to as a “Consortium for Character” in B-Metro Magazine, the YLDP partners include 14 colleges and universities and more than 15 corporate and community sponsors.
Students selected for this program are identified and recommended by their high school principals and counselors. They are students who have, by their behavior and character, earned the respect from their educators. Successful participants graduate with a YLDP certificate, respected for future resumes and are eligible to apply for available scholarships.