Who We Are

AYLF catalyzes the power of young people as changemakers by partnering with them, their families, and their communities to take action on their ideas for social solutions.

How We Began.


We work in deep and authentic community partnership to inspire a new generation of leaders. Together, we build more inclusive and equitable education and economic pathways that enable young people to thrive.


  • Tawanna Brown

    Senior Manager of Knowledge and Learning

  • Grace Burga Headshot

    Grace Burga

    Fellow Experience Coordinator

  • Tanzania Fair Headshot

    Tanzania Fair

    Senior Associate for Community Engagement

  • Cheryl Green Headshot

    Cheryl Green


  • Mickeeya Harrison Headshot

    Mickeeya Harrison

    Senior Fellows Project Coordinator

  • David McKinney Headshot

    David McKinney

    Executive Director, Youth Leadership Programs at the Aspen Institute

  • Natalie Travers headshot

    Natalie Travers


  • Corey Winchester headshot

    Corey Winchester

    Curriculum Architect-in-Residence

  • Kaitlyn You Headshot

    Kaitlyn You

    Senior Associate for Program Operations


Caterpillar Foundation

The Hagerty Opportunity Fund

Oak Foundation

Walton Family Foundation

The Aspen Institute Scholarship Program

David T. McLaughlin Leadership Fund

Jim and Elaine McDade Scholarship Fund

Society of Fellows/Trustee Leadership Fund

Lefkofsky Family Foundation

We are a program of the Aspen Institute, a global civil society organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Its stated purpose is to ignite human potential, build understanding and create new possibilities for a better world.