Our Mission: to empower youth to be active and valued participants in decision making processes at all levels.
What youth are saying
about California Center
The California Center for Civic Participation is a non-partisan, non-profit civic education organization, engaging high school students by sparking their interest with exposure to real excitement of the democratic process. We believe that youth hold so much untapped and unlimited power to transform their communities and their world. We exist to expose and nurture that power. When young people are educated and clear about how democracy should function, they are then able to use it as a pathway to accomplish their goals and make the change they want to see.
We believe youth are not a problem to solve,
but a resource to nurture.
Through our programs, thousands of young people across the state have become active players in the public policies affecting their communities. In addition to making informed decisions on today’s issues, youth gain the skills, tools and resources to thoughtfully assess the questions of tomorrow. Our time-tested and holistic approach to learning gives youth a clear pathway on HOW to think about complex issues, but not WHAT to think. We make learning about government fun, accessible and relatable. Young people leave our programs more motivated, better informed and ready to take meaningful civic action in their everyday lives.