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. This first 40-person cohort consists of approximately six virtual meetings that will run from September-December 2020, and each meeting has an overarching theme to allow youth to engage deeply with each topic through meaningful discussions. 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 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!
"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
Introduction + Community Building
Voting + Advocating
Self-Care + Relationship Building
Media and News Literacy
Social Movements + Activism
Navigating Identities + Power Dynamics
Interested in joining?
Check back with us at the beginning of 2021 to apply for our Spring cohort!
Questions or Concerns?
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 them to take even bigger steps towards their most ambitious social justice goals.
So, how can you get involved?
Stay tuned by following us on our social media for updates on this program.
Our Google Form Application is now live! It's first come, first serve, so don't procrastinate on getting it in! We'll admit up to forty high school students from the Sacramento area for the fall cohort.
We'll get back to you a few days after the September 11th application deadline to let you know that you've been admitted.
Once admitted, you'll receive a permission slip and a program agreement via email that you and your guardian/parent will sign. You'll also receive a prep packet with basic terms to review prior to the first virtual meeting which begins on September 26, 2020.
** 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.