AMYLA engages disconnected youth while providing them with the tools necessary to lead successful lives & become community leaders. The career development & entrepreneurial program impresses me as an innovative solution to meeting those needs.
— J.B. Schramm, Founder, College Summit

Since 2007, AMYLA (uh-my-luh) formerly known as the "Adams Morgan Youth Leadership Academy" has served the Washington, DC metropolitan area as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Providing high-quality mentoring, life skills, service learning, expeditionary programs and job opportunities for our youth & families. 

Through generous contributions from donors across cultural, religious, political, and socio-economic backgrounds, we have found that improving the lives of our youth is a shared common interest. This is where AMYLA intends to serve as one of the pre-eminient, innovative youth services programs for many years to come.

AMYLA serves as a technology enabled, urban talent and youth development platform, community and network. We welcome both new and existing residents, families, activists, civic associations, community and business leaders. We are here to serve, inspire and cultivate new partnerships that help our young people reach their full potential. 

AMYLA has shown the way to many neighborhood youth that hard work and persistence do produce positive results vs. the somewhat easier perception that drugs and violence are a better alternative.
— Maureen Gallagher, Former President, Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association

DID you know?

  • Over the past decade, AMYLA has successfully provided over 100 internship & employment opportunities for DC area youth?


  • AMYLA youth have completed more than 1,500 hours of community service in the D.C. metropolitan area?


  • More than 90% of your donor contributions are allocated towards direct services and programming; maximizing the impact of donor contributions,
  • Established 25 business partnerships with local businesses & organizations.
  • Partnered to successfully launch five new business enterprises in the past year alone. 

  • Through many local, national and international partnerships AMYLA youth have participated in experiential and cultural immersion programs in Aspen, CO., New Mexico, Kansas City, MO., Haiti and Guatemala.