Applications are now being accepted for the 2019/2020 School Year

One in four teens experience abuse in their dating relationships. This violence doesn’t have to happen. You can help stop it by joining Young Leaders Against Violence or YLAV - a youth-led coalition focused on increasing awareness and preventing relationship and sexual violence. Being a part of YLAV provides the opportunity to be a leader and energize our community to take a stand against violence. YLAV accepts high school and college students. Apply online at or email us for more information at

YLAV meets twice a month to organize events, plan social media campaigns and meet with community leaders and legislators. Participants develop valuable organizing skills learned while engaging in grass roots advocacy efforts.


Please contact Aaron Toffoli or Brittany Shetler at

Meetings are held October through May biweekly on Wednesday from 4PM-6PM at Safe Haven at 2627 Birchcrest Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

Our Kick-Off Event will be held on Saturday, October 19 from 10AM-4PM at Safe Haven. Dinner and bus tickets are provided.

YLAV is mentored by local agencies that care about the safety and well-being of our community!

YLAV Application

Why are you interested in joining Young Leaders Against Violence?
Can you commit to attending YLAV meetings, which are held biweekly on Wednesdays through October 2019 - May, 2020 from 4:00-6:00pm?
Can we text you at the phone number provided?