To empower youth to be vital participants in decision making processes at all levels.
Green Focus is a two-day youth conference (February 18-19) that examines some of California’s most influential environmental laws. The program will introduce students to the growing green career sector. Youth will have a unique and valuable opportunity to enhance their knowledge of state government while engaging in the process of career exploration.
Cal Center is a non-profit civic education organization, engaging youth by sparking their interest with exposure to real excitement of the democratic process, sustaining it with active, hands-on programs on topics that are meaningful to young people.
Through our programs, thousands of young people have become active players in the public policies affecting their communities, cities and states. In addition to making informed decisions on today’s issues, youth gain the skills to thoughtfully assess questions of tomorrow!
The Statewide Youth Board on Obesity Prevention (SYBOP) engages youth throughout California as advocates to prevent childhood obesity. Click here to learn more about SYBOP!
Since 1998, the California Center’s Policy Leadership Program (PLP) has supported youth engaged in real-life research, planning and policy-making processes. Click here to learn more about PLP programs!
Women in Politics (WIP) is a four-day summer institute for young women from throughout California. Participants get a first-hand look the workings of state politics, focusing on issues affecting women and their communities. Click here to learn more about WIP!
Our longest running program, Capitol Focus is a three-day journey into the world of California politics. Participants get a first-hand look at how government works. Click here to learn more about Capitol Focus!
The Young Women’s Health Leadership Program (YWHLP) engages youth throughout California as advocates to improve the health conditions of women. Click here to learn more about YWHLP!