Youth Leadership Conference


Angel Light Academy’s Leadership Training Institute has been teaching leadership and problem solving for more than 20 years!  Children as young as five learn to become leaders at home, at school, and in their community by developing character traits, using a simple and effective problem solving model, and practicing key communication skills.  Highly trained facilitators provide teaching, mentoring, and service opportunities so that each child can develop leadership skills in a way that is fun, challenging, and inspiring to them.

The Youth Leadership Conference is a 2-day event that teaches the basics of leadership in fun and engaging ways.  Children learn character traits, a simple and effective problem solving model, communication skills, bully resistance, gang resistance, substance resistance, and other important life skills.  They develop connections with mentors and other children that often provide the only support they have.

The Junior Leadership Training Program is a year-round program that gives in-depth training in leadership skills.  Junior Leaders meet every six weeks with well-trained volunteer facilitators to learn leadership skills and apply them while doing service in the community. The program is designed to promote leadership, character, and problem solving so that children can become examples of excellence in all that they do. The Junior Leaders engage in ongoing learning as they complete Leadership Pins.  Each Leadership Pin challenges them to apply their leadership to their interests, explore new topics, and to solve problems in their lives and in their community.

All programs are supported by donations, grants, and fundraising events.  85% of proceeds go directly into programming, and 15% goes into supporting and developing our programs.

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1. What do you teach?

  • Leadership traits such as patience, tolerance, responsibility, public speaking, kindness, fairness, and understanding consequences
  • A simple and effective problem solving model
  • Bully-resistance
  • Children learn how to lead by example at school, at home, and in the community.
  • Students in middle and high school also begin to learn about life skills including: managing money, job skills, college and financial aid, and setting goals.

2. Where and when is the conference?

The conference is held at Van Buren Elementary School in Indio. Registration/check-in begins at 8:00 on Saturday. The conference runs from 9:00am – 3:00pm both days.

3. What does my child need to bring?

Nothing. Your child will be given the materials needed for the weekend. Lunch and snacks are served both days. A small breakfast is also available.

4. Why am I asked to donate $100?

ALA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization. The donation helps to cover a portion of the cost for the facilities, materials, food, and curriculum. The donation is tax-deductible. Scholarships are available for those who cannot donate the full amount.

5. How do I register my child?

Pre-registration is recommended and can be done by going to the "register now" link above.  If you have any further questions, please call Erika Baily at 888-311-7388. A parent or guardian must print and sign a registration/consent form for each child on the first day of the conference.