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The People’s Uprising Committees:

The People’s Uprising is a community organization focused on its four pillars: Equity, Access, Justice and Culture.

Young Atlanta Leaders Program

Welcome to the Young Atlanta Leaders (YAL) program, where young people aged 18-30 come together from various industries to lead the next generation in making a social impact and promoting community collaboration in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Our Mission

At YAL, our mission is to work hand in hand with state, county, and city officials to promote equitable opportunities and address social inequalities within Atlanta. Additionally, we strive to serve as a pipeline for fresh young talent to actively engage in their communities.


We envision a future where the Atlanta metropolitan area is a thriving and equitable community. Regardless of their background or circumstances, we believe that all individuals should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Areas of Focus

Promoting Community Collaboration

YAL actively seeks opportunities to identify synergies and collaborate with existing organizations and leaders in Atlanta. We conduct comprehensive research on local organizations, initiatives, and community leaders to identify common goals and areas of alignment.

Development and Training
Our leadership development programs are specifically designed to enhance the skills, knowledge, and capabilities of YAL members. These programs may include workshops, seminars, mentoring, and coaching sessions. Topics covered range from effective communication and project management to community engagement and social impact strategies.
Completing Tangible Community Projects
To address Atlanta’s social impact challenges, YAL actively seeks partnerships with the private sector. By engaging with businesses, startups, and corporate social responsibility initiatives, we leverage their resources, expertise, and networks to drive energy and innovation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What is the time commitment like?

Young Atlanta Leaders hold regular meetings on a monthly basis to discuss ongoing initiatives, share updates, and plan future activities. We also organize quarterly activations to ensure consistent communication and progress. The Young Atlanta Leaders program is a one year active commitment once enrolled.

How old do I have to be?
The Young Atlanta Leaders program is open to individuals between the ages of 18 and 30. We aim to ensure representation from the next generation of leaders.
What does YAL look for in a candidate?

We value candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to making a positive social impact and promoting community collaboration in Atlanta. Diversity and inclusivity are paramount to us, so we actively seek candidates from various backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic statuses to ensure a broad range of perspectives. We also prioritize leadership potential, looking for individuals who can mobilize others, think critically, and drive positive change.

What are some examples of YAL activities?

Networking Events: We organize networking events, forums, and workshops that bring together various stakeholders, including community organizations, nonprofits, businesses, and government officials. These events provide valuable opportunities for collaboration and idea sharing.

Bringing Innovative Solutions To Social Challenges: YAL brings fresh and innovative approaches to community projects. By utilizing technology, data analysis, and design thinking methodologies, we identify creative solutions, streamline processes, and maximize the impact of our initiatives.

Civic Engagement Activations: We create civic engagement activities across Atlanta designed to excite young leaders and encourage their active involvement in their communities.

What is the selection timeline and process like?

The selection process for the Young Atlanta Leaders program follows a structured timeline to ensure fairness and efficiency. Here’s an overview of the selection timeline:


  1. Application Submission:

The first step is to submit your application by August 25, 2023. The application form will be available on our website, where you can provide your personal information, answer specific questions, and share your experiences related to social impact and community collaboration.


  1. Application Review:

Once the application deadline has passed, the YAL Selection Committee will carefully review all submitted applications. The committee members will assess each application based on the criteria outlined in the selection process.


  1. Interview Phase:

If your application stands out during the initial review, you may be selected to move forward to the interview phase. By September 15, 2023, you will be notified if you have been shortlisted for an interview. The interview will provide an opportunity for you to showcase your passion, commitment, and leadership potential in person or via a virtual platform.


  1. Final Selection:

Following the interviews, the YAL Selection Committee will evaluate each candidate’s qualifications, interview performance, and alignment with the program’s values and goals. The committee will carefully deliberate and make the final decisions regarding the 2024 Young Atlanta Leaders cohort.


  1. Notification of Selection:

By October 20, 2023, you will be notified about the committee’s decision regarding your selection to the 2024 Young Atlanta Leaders cohort. If you are chosen, you will receive detailed information about the next steps, including orientation, program expectations, and upcoming activities.


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