• Why Teen Leaders?

    We keep teens busy!

    Providing a safe place to keep teens busy and out of trouble while building a
    positive social network of peers and mentors.

  • Why Teen Leaders?

    Teens prepare for the real world!

    Youth engage with career professionals
    and service their communities.

About Us

The mission of Teen Leaders of America (TLA) is to empower youth to face the challenges of the 21st century by providing students with the life and leadership skills necessary to get into college and select rewarding careers. Programs include Youth Leadership, Socio-Emotional Skills, College Readiness and Workforce Development for grades 6 thru 12.

TLA is supported by Kids Hope Alliance (KHA), a City of Jacksonville Agency; and is open to any youth with a desire to succeed regardless of race, gender or economic status!

Classes Overview

Activities For Youth


Develops skills in Sewing, Fashion/Art Design, Culinary and Home Economics.


Students are paired with career professionals and exposed to various colleges & universities.


Teaches communication, finance, job readiness, time management and interpersonal skills.


Teen Talks and Parent Talks live sessions providing an outlet for youth voices and expression.


Provides school course credit for S.T.E.M. classes thru Scratchwerk Academy.

Young Entrepreneurs

Introduces students to the mindset of how businesses are started and products developed. Students pitch new ideas.


Years in Service

Providing youth leadership programs for over 10 years.


Students Served

Over 2500 students served in grades 6 thru 12.



50 youth programs managed over the last 10 years.



97% of Seniors enrolled into college or chosen career path after high school graduation.

Marcia Brown

Executive Director

Launched TLA in 2009 with a small class of 17; and today has reached over 2500 youth by creating funding partnerships with Comcast, United Way, The Florida Lottery, Kids Hope Alliance and others.

As an IT professional for over 20 years for companies such as Bank of America, Turner Broadcasting, Deutsche Bank and others, partnered with Scratchwerk Academy to implement programs increasing the number of minority youth exposed to careers in IT/STEM.

Janice Miller

Lead Teacher

Selected as Duval County's Teacher of the Year. Certified Education Professional responsible for managing TLA summer programs.

Provides educational consulting for all TLA programming.

Dr. Jerome Mosley

Education Partner

Certified Education Professional and Founder of Bridge Builders United mentoring program for African American males. Teacher and Asst. Principal for 14+ years.

Develops career mentoring and leadership curriculum for grades 6-12. Provides educational consulting and training for all TLA programming.

  • “The teenage years can get complicated and very stressful,
    so your organization is vital to redirecting their mentality and effort towards a successful future.
    You guys are doing an amazing job. I thank God for you and all of the work you are doing with our youth.”

    V. Blackshear
  • AT&T is proud to support Teen Leaders of America
    because we understand the impact TLA has on young people in our community
    who are transitioning from high school to college.

    H. Duncan