YLX began 25 years ago as a dream of a few to connect with teenagers across Oklahoma City. We have gone from one program serving 40 students to three programs serving over 100 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors each year. We are going to celebrate all year long by sharing stories, creating opportunities and maybe even a get together or two! Please help us by updating your contact information and telling us how YLX helped you grow!


Leadership Skills 


Leadership Skills is the original YLX program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Up to 48 class members meet monthly, September through May, and learn about personal leadership skills and community service. Students are selected from schools across the Oklahoma City Metro.

Over thirty community leaders and volunteers work to create unique learning experiences for these students.  They focus on a variety of leadership skills such as ethics, effective communication, apathy, conflict resolution, crisis management, and much more. 

As with all YLX programs, there is no cost for students to participate and rides are available to and from class each month. 


Youth in Action

Youth in Action is a program of the Youth Leadership Exchange (a program of Leadership Oklahoma City) in which local high school students
 • identify community needs, 
• solicit funding requests from organizations working in the identified need area, 
• select the proposal to fund, 
• raise funds for the projects, and
• make the grants to the selected agency. 

The purpose of Youth in Action is to teach the participants about community service by having them act as a mini-foundation to fund community improvement. The students learn meeting management and fund-raising skills, among others, and are better prepared to volunteer in their communities in substantive way. 



Youth Council of Oklahoma City


A program of the City of Oklahoma City, the Youth Council of Oklahoma City (YCOKC) involves 18 high school students annually in:

Communication: Youth Councilors are liaisons between the City, their peers, and their Wards. They bring a youth perspective to City issues.

Education: Youth Councilors learn a great deal about how the City is governed and the services provided by the City to Oklahoma City's residents.

Participation: Youth Councilors participate in various activities and events, such as neighborhood meetings and public information events. They also study certain City issues and participate in Youth Councils to make recommendations. In addition, Youth Councils usually adopt their own short-term projects serving the City.

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