The majority of youth who lead environmental justice, educational equity and health equity efforts attend some of the lowest performing high schools in the country. In order to support these youth in their personal educational and career ambitions, VAYLA supplements its youth-led organizing campaigns with a holistic approach through supportive services. Members of the organization are encouraged to think about their personal development and the development of the community as interrelated; by striving for personal academic achievement, youth develop skills and knowledge that will enrich their own lives and strengthen the community’s ability to advocate for itself.