In 1986, a group of local young adults came together to solve issues within the New Orleans community. They later formed a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and civic organization known as the Young Leadership Council. This organization helps develop leadership through community service in the mission of bettering the city while retaining young professionals in the area.
One of YLC's most successful projects is a free concert series called Wednesdays at the Square. Traditionally a 10-week series, the Wednesday concerts held in Lafayette Square were one of the first casualties of the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. But, according to their press release, YLC is proud to announce the return of the much-loved event with a "half-concert series" of Wednesday at the Square in Lafayette Square. Pending the approval from the City of New Orleans, the Young Leadership Council will host four concerts on October 20, October 27, November 3, and November 10 of 2021. Stay tuned for the band lineup announcement.
According to the Executive Director of YLC Lindsey Jakiel Diulus, "In order for New Orleans to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to understand our impact on the local economy. Every attendee at the Square is supporting restaurant pop-ups and food trucks, independent artists, designers, and entrepreneurs, musicians, and gig workers."
For this fall series, The Young Leadership Council will continue to partner with AOS Interior Environments, one of the largest FF&E contractors in Louisiana and Mississippi for more than 44 years. CEO of AOS Interior Environments Shelby Russ stated, "We are honored to support the Young Leadership Council in bringing back free live music back to Lafayette Square. WATS not only plays an important economic role in reigniting our Downtown Development District, but it also plays a critical cultural role in reminding us what it means to love New Orleans."
The Young Leadership Council created their very own website, ylcwats.com, in dedication to the return of YLC Wednesday. Let's help revitalize New Orleans and make music together again. All food and beverage proceeds benefit YLC's community projects and positively impact the Central Business District. See you on Wednesdays!