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Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association

Total Qualifying Score: 9
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association
Parsons, Tucker County, West Virginia 26287

County (ARC Region) Tucker
State (ARC Region) West Virginia


Q1. Mission:

We believe that helping youth achieve their full potential is our primary mission.  We seek to help youth develop leadership and citizenship skills for a lifelong commitment to service through character-building programs for all that strengthen spirit, mind and body.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

The Youth Leadership Association aligns with 4 of the 5 goals.  YLA’s Teen Entrepreneurship Summit gives the next generation of entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from today’s actual entrepreneurs.  While attending the summit, youth have the opportunity to create their own business from the ground up.  They develop a business plan and marketing strategies.  The interaction with local entrepreneurs gives the youth the chance to ask questions and make connections to help them succeed as they start their journey of entrepreneurship.  Not only youth from this summit but also from our Leadership Summits gain knowledge in the importance of community involvement, leadership and service to others.

Horseshoe’s Governor’s Youth Opportunity Camps give underprivileged youth from ages 7-12 the opportunity to see they have options in their lives to break what could be generations of poverty.  YOC allows the youth to be kids enjoying the outdoors, 3 hot meals a day and to know someone cares about them.  That gives them the self-esteem needing to make better choices in their future.

YLA assists in leveraging the Region’s natural and cultural heritage assets by bringing youth and adults to the Monongalia National Forest and the beauty that surrounds it.  YLA’s Camp Horseshoe is the setting for the Teen Entrepreneurship Summit, Leadership Summits and also the Heritage Arts Summits.  Each spring and fall, people for all over the U.S. come to Horseshoe to reconnect with their heritage through quilting.  Horseshoe has also held bread making classes and basket weaving.  

Through the YLA service chapters across WV and Ohio, YLA instills the importance of leadership, service and civic responsibility.  The service chapters have the opportunity to not only help their family, schools and community but also to participate in Youth in Government and Model United Nations.  Youth in Government allows the youth to actually “be” the state government by taking over the Capitol, writing legislation they believe will benefit West Virginia, argue cases before the Youth Supreme Court, lobbying and so much more.  They have a hands on experience in how their state government works.  Model United Nations gives the youth a front row seat on issues facing the world and how, by representing different countries, to help resolve pressing issues concerning their new country.


Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 6/6 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 6/6 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $900,000/$945,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $1,398,533 / $1,323,537

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $900,000 / $945,000

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($0)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($103,200)
Received From: Payroll Protection Plan   Date Received: April 20, 2020
For What Purpose(s): Payroll and utilities

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

COVID-19 has required us to  cancel 2 of our biggest in person programs  for 2020 and is threatening the same for 2021 except for more of our programs.  Youth in Government had to be cancelled and refunds given.  Due to social distancing requirements, we also had to significantly cut the number of youth we were able to allow at our Summits during the summer.  Without being able to meet with YLA chapters in school and in person at our conferences there is no YLA organization.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Lack of revenue to keep our organization a float.
Creating ways to keep youth engaged virtually.
The possibility of having to reduce staff.

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

We are hoping the financial portions of the program will help us to develop a plan to keep the organization going until the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted through short-term financial management and fundraising.  That along with the long-term financial management will help us to come back stronger.  Thus giving us the ability to help even more youth in the future.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Short-term Financial Management

Course #2 Choice: 2-Fundraising

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)


Name: Alicia Ridenour Ridenour, Chief Fiscal Officer

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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