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 10-19 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.  

Contact

For questions about the California Youth Leadership Corps, please contact:  

Rosa M. García  Executive Director  
Email: rosa@communitylearningpartnership.org  
Phone: (510) 375-6340