Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Diversity Leaders

In 2008, Diversity Leadership Alliance formed the DLA Leadership Academy with the goal of cultivating and developing future leaders from diverse backgrounds. Selected students are from a number of Phoenix area high schools who are diversity conscious and have a desire to take on a leadership role in their schools and community. The DLA Leadership Academy is designed to assist students with transitioning from school to work, as well as provide them with tools and resources to help build leadership skills.

DLA Youth Leadership Academy objectives include:

  • Assist youth in the transition to the workplace environment
  • Develop youth diversity advocates with empowered voices
  • Develop skills in student leaders that guide and energize others towards building an inclusive community
  • Deepen and clarify the meanings and relevance of the concepts of diversity and youth participation
  • Identify priorities and make proposals for a youth agenda in the Diversity Leadership Alliance meetings, business and annual conference
  • Assist the youth in creating a cultural change in their school community
  • Develop opportunities for youth to explore their own cultures, beliefs and traditions, increasing their capacity to develop relationships with students of different traditions, cultures, and values


Via workshops and conference calls, DLA Youth Leadership Academy members receive education and training facilitated by renowned diversity practitioners and other business consultants. Students are encouraged to share and apply the skills and knowledge they acquire with school based organizations, community organizations and their places of worship.

Past DLA Youth Leadership Academy workshop topics have included Emotional Intelligence, The Path: Teaching Youth to Find their Vision, Mission and Map Their Plan of Success, Diversity 101, Yan-Koloba (Teamwork and Character Building), Intergroup Relationships, Engaging our Communities Beyond the Generational Communication Gap and Teens Can Make it Happen

Mentor Program DLA is launched its mentor program in 2009. Students will have the opportunity to be paired with mentors from local organizations. The mentor program will enhance the students’ goals and development and will provide the opportunity to learn about different career options, as well as understand the skills necessary to transition from high school to college to work.

Want to remain a part of the DLA even after graduation? 
Come out and attend the DLA Alumni meetings, and be sure to "Like" the alum Facebook page for more updates and in depth meeting details.


Thanks to the generous donations of companies such as Boeing, SRP, University of Phoenix, Maricopa Community Colleges, DLA has been able to award several scholarships to our Youth Council participants.

Please help us by donating to the DLA Youth Leadership Academy Scholarship Fund 

For more information or participation in our DLA Youth Leadership Programs, please contact

Monthly Workshops

2013 DLA Alumni Meetings for ALL DLA grad's at Grand Canyon University:
    6pm - 8pm, Monday 8/5 GCU 
    6pm - 8pm, Monday 8/19 GCU
    6pm - 8pm, Monday 9/2 GCU
    6pm - 8pm, Monday 9/16 GCU
    6pm - 8pm, Monday 9/30 GCU
    6pm - 8pm, Monday 10/14 GCU

ALL meetings are held at Grand Canyon University in COE Building room 104 Adress: 3300 W Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85017

Youth Scholarships

2014 DLA Personal Leadership

Amanda Mei - North
Monica Calderon - North 
Michelle Michimani - North 
Trevor Stull (junior) - Metro Tech
Evelyn Gomez (junior) - Metro Tech

2014 DLA Scholarship Recipients

Xavyer Ziegler - South Mountain
Alendra Hinojos - Trevor Browne
Eugenia Anane-Wae - South Mountain
Juana Moreno - Trevor Browne
Kathryn Tribby - Franklin
D'Andre Adams - Camelback
Tommy Nguyen - Alhambra
Michelle Michimani - North
Analyssa Berzoza - Franklin
Ivan Portillo - Cesar Chavez
Grecia Enriquez - Maryvale
Josue Mull - Trevor Browne
Giselle Montellano - Metro Tech
Kristen Hall - North