Angel Light Academy is a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to teaching leadership to youth and adults.

ALA’s mission is to improve the health, happiness, and well-being of individuals through the practice and demonstration of unconditional love. This is accomplished through service, education, and research.

ALA’s Leadership Training Institute trains youth in leadership, problem solving, communication, bullying resistance, and service. Through training and mentoring, ALA creates leaders who provide exceptional service to themselves, others, and the community.


The Angel and the General

This dynamic duo combines years of leadership experience in a unique and refreshing way to create quality, effective leadership training.


Julia Wilmot

Julia Wilmot first founded Angel Light Academy in 1995 to assist those with PTSD by helping to draw out their innate leadership traits, learn to find solutions to their problems, and take action to change their lives. She brought with her thirty years of entrepreneurial business experience, and experience as a secondary school, special education, and college teacher, fundraiser and creator of highly successful prevention programs for children.

She developed, implemented and raised funds for Project Prevention, a program that reached over 600,000 youth in Arizona. This program served as a model for abuse prevention programs throughout the United States. In 2003, she was awarded Woman of the Year for her thirty years of community leadership and service in Arizona.

Julia is truly a dynamic angel on earth, with an untiring devotion to the betterment of mankind. She is a pioneer in combining the concepts of science, spirituality, philosophy and psychology to leadership, team building, problem solving, communication and community development.

General Richard Wilmot

Richard Wilmot is a retired Army General who has been involved in leadership at the national level for many years. He has traveled extensively and visited more than 100 countries. He has lived abroad for many years and is well-versed in national and international affairs. His expertise puts him in high demand as a public speaker. He is also an author and has owned and operated think tanks focused on national concerns.

The General’s extensive travel and experience on the national and international stage has given him a unique perspective on leadership. His focus is to help fill the void in leadership at the local, state, and national level by helping to train young leaders.


Our History

1995 – Angel Light Academy was founded to serve those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After serving over 600,000 children through Project Prevention, an abuse prevention program, founder Julia Wilmot want to give hope to those who had experienced some form of trauma.

ALA began serving those with PTSD by teaching them to use their innate leadership traits and to use a simple, effective problem-solving model. Creating simple, doable action plans helped those with PTSD take control of their lives, make positive change, and build hope for the future.

1998 & 1999 – The first Youth Leadership Conference was held in 1998 in Arizona. Due to demand from volunteers and parents, the conference was moved to the Coachella Valley in 1999. The first conference, held in Indio, California served 30 children.

Today – Each year ALA’s conference serves more than 200 children. Demand for this high-quality program grows each year as schools and districts request programming and training.

Ongoing– Many children from the conference join the year-round Junior Leadership program. Junior Leaders meet every six weeks with well-trained volunteer facilitators for in-depth training in leadership skills including character traits, problem solving, communication, team building, and service. They also conduct a Music and Memory program to assist those with Alzheimer’s and other memory diseases.