Selfless Giving

Carmel Valley student members of Alliance of Youth Leaders in the United States (AYLUS), hailing from Canyon Crest Academy, Torrey Pines High School, Carmel Valley Middle School, and Pacific Trails Middle School, have lead multiple fundraising efforts for those in need in recent months. AYLUS has five branches in the Greater Houston area, so when San Diego members heard of the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, they set up a nationwide fundraising drive to help the children of Houston families whose homes were flooded. The AYLUS San Diego Branch raised more than $12,000, with all AYLUS branches raising over $21,000 total. Funds were sent to Houston through the American Red Cross.

Local AYLUS students also recently organized a fundraising concert for Deaf Community Services of San Diego (DCSSD), in which they performed folk and ballet dances, read poems, and played classical musical instruments for senior citizens at the Casa de Mañana Retirement Community in La Jolla. Stephen Yang, President of AYLUS, and Christopher Yang, President of AYLUS San Diego Branch, presented a check of $1,270 to DCSSD.

AYLUS promotes the development of its members’ creativity, leadership, and initiative through the planning and execution of volunteer projects that aim to benefit their communities. Other projects include holiday gift drives, school supplies care drives, eyeglasses drives, recycling and cleanup events, homeless hygiene care drives, book drives, and annual veteran appreciation events. AYLUS San Diego is one of 35 branches across the country. Discover more at