What We Do

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The mission of the La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation is to improve the lives of North Texas students in need through programs that provide leadership development and higher education opportunities.

The Foundation offers several programs to help students achieve success and funds these programs through various annual events, partnerships and grants.

We want to recognize achievement and lend support to these youth in an effort to enhance their lives and bolster future success. Below are our current programs:

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La buena vida House

La Buena Vida HouseLa Buena Vida House is the City of Irving's first homeless shelter for teens. Under the guidance and partnership of the La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation, Advocates for Homeless Teens and Bear Creek Community Development, extensive research and planning was conducted since the project's inception in 2011. We celebrated a progress milestone with the groundbreaking ceremony on January 29, 2015. Our foundation continues to work with city leaders, community groups and our corporate partners to build and maintain a group home for the homeless teens attending high school in Irving. Construction was completed in September 2015.


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University of Arizona - Eller

LeaderBoard Summit: Dr. Paul Melendez, head of The University of Arizona’s Center for Leadership Ethics, and as part of its high school outreach program, spent a day last spring at the University of Dallas in Irving introducing business ethics to over 250 select Irving ISD students, teachers and staff. The Center brings together top research faculty and corporate partnerships to affect broad change in ethical leadership across business through, among other things, its high school outreach program.

Dr. Melendez intends to return in the fall of 2016. For more information, log on to http://ethics.eller.arizona.edu/outreach/.

Future Leaders of Irving (FLI)

Future Leaders of Irving

Future Leaders of Irving (FLI) is a program for high school seniors with the mission, "To identify, educate, and develop our local youth to become future business and civic leaders, by exposing them to the elements and operations of local government, nonprofits and businesses through introductions by appropriate role models."

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Who we serve:

The La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation is focused on serving students in the North Texas area.

We serve Youth In Need—teen mothers, at-risk students, the economically disadvantaged and teens without mentors, role models or other positive life influencers.

Who we work with:

Irving ISDAdvocates for Homeless teensIrving Women's Network          City of Irving