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About  CalCenter

The California Center for Civic Participation is a 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 change
their communities and their world, and we exist to expose and nurture that power.
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 for how to think about the 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.

Young people leave our programs more motivated, better informed, and ready to take   meaningful   civic action in their everyday lives.


Empowering youth to be actively engaged participants and leaders in our communities.

All people in California are active, informed, lifelong participants in a democratic society. 

Learn more about the Vision and Values that shape CalCenter's work every day.

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Our Story

Since 1981, we've been supporting young people in learning about, responding to, and acting in the political process.


Our Staff & Board

CalCenter staff and directors support youth as they identify and tackle challenges in their own communities and work with peers and adults to affect changes


Our Sponsors

Thank you to an amazing group of sponsors that support and grow our work to engage youth in our democracy.

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