CAYLA students spend summer getting valuable work experience

​Networking, meeting etiquette and career exploration are just a few of the professional skills that 37 Asheville area high school students are learning this summer. Their involvement in the City of Asheville’s Youth Leadership Academy ​(CAYLA) gives them opportunities for internships to help shape their education and career choices. Formed in 2007, the CAYLA program recruits, [...]

Asheville CAYLA students build teddy bears for foster children

From left, Lisi Pena, Zya’ Brown, Marcus Lewis, Sheila Bautista Perez and Jaihlen Harper. participate in a Build-A-Bear workshop for area foster children.   Students in the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) shared the joy of the holiday season with community service projects during December. Thanks to generous donations from AVL Technologies, the Asheville Brewers [...]

City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy interns learning life lessons this summer

Asheville high rising junior Dalvin Battle, right, is working with Adam Griffith in the City’s IT Services Department on a GIS mapping project designed to show how Asheville’s development evolved.     They could be sleeping in. Or hanging out at the pool. Instead, the 38 Asheville area high school students participating in the City of Asheville’s Youth [...]

CAYLA program celebrates a decade of youth leadership training

Asheville High senior shares how participation shaped her professional goals     Ten years after the creation of the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, Asheville City Council on May 9 recognized and congratulated this year’s outgoing class of CAYLA high school interns. Founded in 2007 by former Mayor Terry Bellamy and the City Council, the program’s intention was [...]

CAYLA students honored

The 2015-2016 City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) students were honored at the May 17 Asheville City Council meeting for their outstanding contributions to the community. All 25 students were awarded a $2,000 scholarship to support their goals for higher education.   CAYLA, created in April 2007, places Asheville High School students in prestigious summer internships and [...]

City of Asheville announces Youth Leadership Academy’s incoming Class of 2016-2017

The City of Asheville has selected the incoming class of the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA).   CAYLA, created in April 2007, places Asheville High School students in prestigious summer internships and offers ongoing leadership development throughout the academic year. The vast majority of CAYLA students will be the first in their families to attend [...]