The Darlene H. Young Leadership Academy (DYLA) is a competency-based leadership development program designed to develop future public service leaders through providing assessment, experiential learning and individual development opportunities. This program provides future public service leaders with solid training and a developmental foundation in leadership skills and team building, enhanced by agency developmental experiences. The DYLA operates under the direction of Morgan State University.
The DYLA is committed to preparing their members for leadership roles at all levels of public service. This program focuses on helping members acquire the essential skills needed to be competent leaders through a series of intense professional training. The attainment of these skills offers members the opportunity to expand their comprehension of leadership. DYLA prepares their members to function as educated, analytical, and skilled leaders within their organization, their jobs, and their community.

Greetings DYLA Alumni Association Members,


The DYLA Alumni Association  completed its 2019 Election for the following positions:

Vice President:

The Vice President shall, in the absence of the President, be vested with all his or her powers and have authority to perform all his or her duties. He or she shall also act as an ex-officio member of all committees of the DYLA Alumni Association.


The Secretary shall keep the records and proceedings of all meeting of the DYLA Alumni Association. The Secretary shall keep and maintain always a current list of the members of the DYLA Alumni Association, and such list, when certified by the Secretary, shall be prima facie evidence of the right of the persons named therein to participate in the affairs of the DYLA Alumni Association as members thereof.  The Secretary will communicate with members by annual Newsletters, to promote events, share information and solicit support for ideas and events.

Alumni Coordinator:

The Alumni Coordinator will act as the spokesperson for the DYLA Alumni Association. The Alumni Coordinator will solicit and disburse information to the Blacks In Government (BIG), the Darlene H. Young Leadership Academy (DYLA), and other such working groups and committees with whom the DYLA Alumni Association has a need to communicate with.


We received nominations for:

Vice President – Marie Perry 

Alumni Coordinator – Marie Perry


There were no nominations received for the office of Secretary.


By acclamation, Marie Perry is the 2019 DYLAAA Vice President and will maintain her duties as the Alumni Coordinator.


Please join me and congratulate Marie Perry as the incoming 2019 Vice President and thank her for her continued effort and support as the past and current Alumni Coordinator.


All Alumni dues are $25.00 a year (payable to DYLAAA).  If you have not submitted your dues, please mail to:


P.O. Box  843

Yonkers, NY  10702



Thank you for all you that do!




Christine Wilder

Blacks In Government
Region VII Council President
Darlene Young Leadership Academy (DYLA) Alumni, Vice President
Region VII - St. Louis Metropolitan Chapter
Office: 314-457-4943
Home: 314-389-9089
Fax: 314-389-8719
Cell: 314-791-639



A lifetime partner in the mission of the Darlene H. Young Leadership Academy Program. - Training BIG Members to be Leaders for Life.


Our mission is to use the talents and resources of the YLA Graduates to support the Darlene H. Young Leadership Academy and Blacks In Government.


During this program, many individuals will provide insights, counsel and advice, but the bottom line, is that it is all up to you. The program will be what you make of it. The Darlene H. Young Leadership Academy is self-directed. You need to work hard and stretch to ensure that you grow and develop both personally and professionally.

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