Community Leadership Course

Make A Difference In The Lives Of New York City’s Children

Every fall since 1962, concerned citizens just like you have taken CCC’s Community Leadership Course (CLC). This course gives you a comprehensive look at how programs and policies across New York City impact children and how you can make New York City an even better place to be a child.

CLC Participants

  • Learn about programs that serve children and families in all five boroughs.
  • Hear directly from program directors and government agency staff about the challenges they face and the successes they have had running programs for children.
  • Engage in dynamic discussions about how to improve the lives of New York City children.
  • Learn about policy and advocacy in the areas CCC focuses on, including child poverty, child welfare, juvenile justice, family homelessness, education, and youth services.
  • Find out why your voice is important and how you and your network of friends and colleagues can make a difference for children.

Direct service providers, community advocates, foundation officers, clergy, lawyers, legislative staff, non-profit board members, parents and many others have taken the CLC. Join them – and us – to be the best advocate you can for New York City’s children and families. An application and interview are required. The fee for the course is $1200. Full and partial scholarships are available.



  • Thank you for your interest in the Community Leadership Course (CLC). Informed New Yorkers are essential partners in CCC’s mission to ensure that every child is healthy, housed, educated and safe.

    The deadline to apply is May 1st. Final notifications of acceptance will be made by June 30th.

    Please review the 2024 CLC Course Calendar

    The 2024 CLC is a hybrid program, with about half of the sessions held in person and half remotely via Zoom. Some in person sessions will be held at CCC’s offices, located at 14 Wall Street in Manhattan, and we will also host several in person meetings at our partner organizations to allow you to visit different communities throughout NYC's five boroughs. All CLC sessions take place on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM unless otherwise noted on the calendar, and a break for lunch is included. An independent study will be assigned to be completed in small groups. Following a graduation social in December, an Advocacy 101 workshop will be held in January 2025.

    2024 CLC Preliminary Calendar:

    • September 11: NYC’s Children and CCC (In person)
    • September 18: Food and Income Security (in person)
    • September 25: Homelessness and Housing (virtual)
    • October 2: Child and Adolescent Health (virtual)
    • October 9: Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (in person)
    • October 16: Early Childhood (virtual)
    • October 23: Independent Study Presentations (In person)
    • October 30: K-12 Education (virtual)
    • November 6: Independent Study Presentations (In person)
    • November 13: Family and Community Well-Being (In person)
    • November 20: Youth (virtual)
    • December 4: Community Day (In person)
    • December 11: Graduation Social (In person; 5:30 - 7:00pm)
    • January 8, 2025: Advocacy 101 Workshop (In Person; 10:00 am– 12:00 pm)

    *This preliminary calendar is subject to change and will be finalized by August 1st, 2024

    The fee for the Community Leadership Course is $1,200. Partial and full scholarships are available.

    Have questions about the community leadership course? Contact our Director of Civic Engagement.

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