Avenues to Civic Action


Avenues to Civic Action is our newest program aimed at preparing high school students to be agents of change in their respective communities. Youth will gain important knowledge and skills, such as: media literacy, how to be an advocate, how power is built and the process and influence of voting, to name a few over a course of 8 virtual sessions to allow statewide youth to participate. There will be two cohorts of students for the academic year. One during the fall and one in spring. Each meeting has an overarching theme to allow youth to engage deeply with each topic through meaningful discussions. Both cohorts will be invited for a day long in-person leadership training and conference in Sacramento! Traveling fees and lodging for youth outside the Sacramento area will be covered. Youth will learn traditional methods of civic action through a historical and racial lens and be encouraged to think creatively about how they can lead others to get engaged in the political process. Youth will then take part in a final Social Action Project that gets them out into their local community advocating for issues they care about, in spaces where important decisions are being made. Don’t be surprised if you see our youth speaking at a city council meeting or getting your friends and family registered to vote! Check out some students' finished Social Action Projects HERE!

"Children, after all, are not just adults-in-the-making. They are people whose current needs and rights and experiences must be taken seriously." 

- Alfie Kohn

Program Schedule & Topics

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Introduction + Seeds of Consciousness

Community Building + Accountability

Self-Care + Relationship Building

Voting + Advocacy

Media + News Literacy

Social Movements + Activism

Navigating Identities + Power Dynamics

Show + Tell

Want to join?

Apps for Fall Cohort are now closed! Check back in during Janurary 2022 to apply for our Spring Cohort!


Don't just take our word for it! Check out this youth testimonial created for CalCenter by the youth!

The schedule above gives you a glimpse of the various topics we'll be discussing. These topics were chosen carefully by our staff to ensure that participants get a good overall idea of what it means to be a civically active, engaged and empowered young person with the skills to improve our systems and institutions. We explore ways youth can make change through their own daily decisions and empower themselves to take even bigger steps towards their most ambitious social justice goals. 

 **  If you're a young adult and interested in facilitating virtual meetings and supporting youth with their final project, go to our Opportunities page and apply to be a Program Instructor.