Shaler Area Youth Advocacy League


Our journey began in 1987, when high school counselor Gregg Dietz noticed a dramatic decline in youth engagement in the community. The Youth Advocacy League is a completely youth led social justice organization, currently based out of Shaler Area High School. YAL is the umbrella organization encompassing smaller programs aimed at getting youth involved with advocacy.

Our Objectives:

  • Bring about change in our community in the various areas of social injustice.
  • Provide Youth Advocacy League students with opportunities to give back to the school and the community.
  • Increase awareness concerning intolerance and inequality in our communities.
  • Deal constructively with conflict.
  • Train students in the following areas: interpersonal/intrapersonal skills, stress management, communication
  • To create an inner-sense of purpose, compassion, and belonging.


Name *


  • September TBD- First Youth United for Change meeting



M-Powerment is group consisting of men and women that raises awareness about sexual harassment, gender inequality, and other issues that men and women face daily. We believe that these issues are very serious and that someone needs to stand up and make a change.


PEAS - Protection, Education, Awareness, Support for the LGBTQ Community

Our mission is to make the Shaler Area Community a safer and more welcome place for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification. We want to make an environment that is non-judgemental, open-minded, and hate-free for all students.

Our Partner: GLSEN


E-Racism is a student-led program that helps to break down the barriers of social injustices because of the race, sexual orientation, or religion.

E-Racism's Partners: PAJC, Women and Girls Foundation, Ellis School for Girls, YWCA, Millvale Community Library, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

YIELD - Youth Involved Education of Legal Drivers

The goal of this program is to educate students on the dangers of distracted driving.

YIELD's partners: AAA, Allegheny County Pretrial Services, Allegheny County Health Department, Alcohol Highway Safety Program, The Allstate Foundation, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Edgar Snyder & Associates, PA DUI Association, PennDOT, Allegheny County Youth Traffic Safety Council, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

2015 Youth United for Change Application

Fill out the form below to apply for the 2015 Saturdays Program hosted by the University of Pittsburgh! Please contact if you experience issues with the process.

Name *
Please enter the best available number to get into contact with you.
Please enter the grade you will be entering in the Fall of 2015.
(Family, activites, sports, work, etc.)
Are you able to get transportation to the University of Pittsburgh once a month? Please be honest!
Emergencies are out of your control, and completely understandable.
We will need a recommendation letter from an adult (teacher, coach, mentor, boss, etc.) *