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Young Civic Leaders Program

Empowering young changemakers
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What is it?

Our Young Civic Leaders Program (YCLP) fosters the next generation of community leaders by giving low-income students of color the tools to advocate for the issues that matter most to them and to excel in their education, careers, and beyond. Throughout the program, participants hone their public speaking, critical thinking, and collaborative skills—and access invaluable opportunities, including conversations with L.A.’s elected officials.

With the support of dedicated peer mentors, YCLP participants leave with skills, experiences, and resources that will last a lifetime.

What's the impact?

  • Registered 2,000 students to vote through peer-to-peer voter registration campaigns
  • Launched the LA Youth Vote initiative which educated over 3,000 students on the importance of voting in local school board elections
  • Secured a 7-0 vote to pass the Realizing the Promise for All: Close the Gap by 2023 resolution
  • Established the ‘Student Board Member’ position on the LAUSD School Board to elevate student voices in decision-making
  • Pioneered the student-led candidate forum model and organized six LAUSD Candidate Forums attended by more than 1,200 students, parents, and community members

How can I get involved?

We encourage all LAUSD students to participate, especially first-generation students of color. And to further eliminate barriers to participation, there are no application, recommendation, or GPA requirements.

Contact our Education Program Officer, Katherine Trejo, at ktrejo@unitedwayla.org or 213-808-6353 to learn how you can join.

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