National Leadership Award

Since 1925, American Youth Foundation conferences have helped young leaders discover their unique gifts, inspiring them to put those gifts into action to make a positive difference.

With this in mind, the National Leadership Award (NLA) was established to recognize extraordinary young people for their character and leadership potential. The AYF partners with schools, youth groups, businesses, community groups and 4-H clubs to identify and honor these young leaders.

Award recipients receive a personalized award certificate, a copy of I Dare You!, William H. Danforth’s classic motivational book, and an invitation to join other young leaders at the National Leadership Conference.

How to Select NLA Recipients

The award recognizes youth currently in 9th, 10th or 11th grade, who strive to be their best and make a positive difference in their communities.

Sponsoring organizations may choose any number of youth who have completed their first year of high school and show leadership potential.

It's easy to show recognition and appreciation for the next generation of leaders! Order your award online now!

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