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The Association of Young Leaders is a non- profit, student-led organization which helps student leaders develop "the understanding, skills and experience they need to positively impact their schools, their communities and their future." AYL has regional affiliates throughout Russia, and in 1994 helped establish the Kazakhstan Association of Young Leaders.
AYL's main program is organizing leadership training courses which last one to five days. Students who complete the entire series of courses go on to train others. Since it was founded four years ago, AYL has organized more than 60 leadership courses for more than 5,000 students. There are now 220 "peer trainers" who are able to serve as staff for AYL workshops.
AYL was established as a result of a joint project by several Russian young people and the California Association of Student Councils (CASC). Using programs developed by CASC, AYL works with schools to provide leadership training courses for students and teachers and sponsors four-day workshops that train students to become "peer leaders" for their classmates.
Currently, there are AYL branches in Moscow, Murmansk, Orel, Volgograd, Volgodonsk, Magnitogorsk, Kemerovo, and Gorno-Altaisk. In 1994, the Kazakhstan Association of Young Leaders was established in Almaty with the direct assistance of AYL.
Last updated: February 1999
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).