​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The City of Virginia Beach Mayor’s Youth Leaders in Action (MYLA) is a group of socially, economically, and ethnically diverse middle and high school youth from across the city. The group was created with the belief that young people if given the opportunity, could be meaningfully and successfully involved in making and impacting decisions that affect their lives. 

MYLA is a youth-led program that exists to be a positive force in the community through leadership, service, education, and representation.

The 4 Tenets of MYLA

  • Leadership: develop and/or enhance youth leadership skills such as time management, organizational skills, decision making, team building, goal setting, and mentoring​

  • Service: volunteer opportunities through city events, building camaraderie amongst the group to inspire and motivate others, build relationships, show a commitment to the community, and develop professionalism

  • Education: share knowledge and facilitate learning through training youth and adults on various topics, facilitating and coordinating leadership workshops and retreats, developing creativity and public speaking skills

  • Representation: opportunities to serve on city and community boards and committees and provide a youth perspective as well as networking opportunities