California Youth Leadership Corps
What is the California Youth Leadership Corps?
The California Youth Leadership Corps (CYLC) is a new statewide partnership between the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, selected California community colleges, the Community Learning Partnership, local nonprofit organizations, the California Endowment and other community partners. This unique partnership was created to prepare a new generation of young people to become community organizers and change agents in their local communities. In Fall 2021, the CYLC will launch learn-and-earn career pathway programs in the cities of Los Angeles, San Jose, Riverside, and Fresno.
CYLC learn-and-earn career pathway programs will prepare youth with low incomes – including youth of color, opportunity youth, and immigrant youth – for community change careers in public and community health, clean energy planning and development, leadership and social change, community planning and economic development, neighborhood improvement, and related areas. CYLC participants will take courses leading to a postsecondary credential in these areas, receive critical supports and mentoring while enrolled, and be provided with paid internships as an integral part of learn-and-earn pathways into community change careers. The CYLC will help youth and young adults find meaningful employment doing work that is beneficial to their communities, while also helping them learn community organizing skills. Students will be placed with partner organizations who organize in low-income communities, communities of color, and immigrant communities, receive mentoring, and engage in leadership development activities.
Who is the California Youth Leadership Corp designed to serve?
This statewide initiative is designed to serve community college students with low incomes, including youth of color and immigrant youth, primarily between the ages of 18-24. CYLC learn-and-earn career pathway programs will also focus on recruiting and re-engaging opportunity youth – youth and young adults who face barriers to education and employment due to poverty, lack of opportunity, and other issues.
What are the student eligibility requirements for California Youth Leadership Corps?
To be eligible to participate in this initiative, youth and young adults must be enrolled or commit to enrolling at one of the participating CYLC community colleges and CYLC learn-and-earn career pathway programs. Students must take courses leading to a certificate or postsecondary credential in public and community health, clean energy planning and development, leadership and social change, community planning and economic development, neighborhood improvement and related areas. While CYLC will focus largely on community college students ages 18-24, students who are over the age of 24 may also participate. DACA recipients are eligible to participate in CYLC’s learn-and-earn pathways into community change careers.
How can students participate in CYLC Community-Building Internships?
CYLC community-building internships are a critical part of the CYLC program. They offer students experiential learning and leadership development opportunities that prepare them to be community organizers and change agents in their communities. To participate in community-building internships, students must be enrolled in one of the CYLC community college career pathway programs.
Students will participate in 10-week paid community-building internships with nonprofit organizations in their communities during the semester, quarter and summer sessions. During this semester or quarter, student participants will receive experiential learning and work between 10-20 hours per week. Students will be able to earn up to $10,000 while they are enrolled in one of the CYLC career pathway programs.
The CYLC is a public-private partnership between the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency’s Employment Development Department (EDD), selected community colleges, the Community Learning Partnership, local nonprofit organizations, and private philanthropy. The EDD will utilize Wagner-Peyser funding provided by the U.S. Department of Labor to pay for 100% of student assistant salaries for participants enrolled in this initiative.
For questions about the California Youth Leadership Corps, please contact:
Rosa M. García Executive Director
Phone: (510) 375-6340