YLTA is a proud three-time recipient of the City of Gaithersburg's 'GREAT Award', issued by the Mayor, City Council, and the city's Educational Enrichment Committee (EEC). The GREAT Award recognizes educational achievement and excellence in student programming.

2010-2011 GREAT Award for YLTA's Food Recovery for the Hungry program.


Sherry Unger’s Award – YLTA is the proud recipient of Maryland State Department of Education's (MSDE) Sherry Unger's Award for bringing a customized after-school enrichment program "The Award Winning GMS Ambassadors Program to Gaithersburg Middle School in Montgomery County Maryland.

2009-2010 Sherry Unger's Award Winner

Maryland State Department Of Education - Achievement Matters Most

Dr. Jerry D. Weast's Letter of Commendation.

Nancy Grasmick - MD State Superintendent of Schools Letter of Commendation

Washington Parent Magazine's "Ask the Expert" Live Q&A
Afarin Homer is the featured expert on Facebook at Washington Parent Magazine's "Ask the Expert" Live Q& A.
May 17, 2011

LeadershipCares Guest Speaker

Afarin Homer speaks at LeadershipCares Annual Breakfast Scholarship.
April 29, 2011

Montgomery County Commission On Children And Youth Guest Speaker
Afarin Homer speaks to the Commission about YLTA's programs.
May 12, 2010

Television Interview at Montgomery Community Media

Afarin Homer speaks to Toby Beach of "In Montgomery County" about YLTA.
April, 25, 2011