Metro Youth Advocates elevates the youth voice across the city of Louisville, with participating students attending 9 after-school sessions to strengthen their advocacy, public speaking, problem solving, and critical thinking skills - all while engaging with public officials, community leaders and peers from the Louisville Metro Area. This program is FREE and open to all high school students living in Jefferson County. Topics include:

  • Homelessness awareness and prevention
  • Domestic abuse prevention
  • Affordable and sustainable housing
  • LGBTQIA+ initiatives
  • Community volunteerism
  • Youth safety and support
  • Community arts initiatives
  • Youth civic engagement
  • Environment intiatives
  • Reproductive and sexual health initiatives
Accepted students can earn a $100 stipend, will be fed dinner at each session, and free TARC tickets will be available. The 2019 program will be held on Tuesdays at the Louisville Free Public Library from 5:00-7:00pm and begin on January 22nd. To apply, please visit

Check out the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association Facebook page.

See the 2019 Metro Youth Advocates Program Flyer (PDF)

For more information, please reach out to the Program Coordinator, Mariama Lockington at or Krista Fanelli at or 502-572-2608.
Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.