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 June 1st. Interviews will be scheduled throughout the months of May and June for selected candidates. Final notifications of acceptance will be made by July 1st.

    Please review the 2023 CLC Course Calendar

    Please note that the CLC is a hybrid program, with some sessions remote and some sessions in-person. While most weekly sessions will be held virtually via Zoom, we will gather in person at various points so that participants have the time and space to be in community with each other and to visit different communities throughout NYC's five boroughs. All CLC sessions take place on Wednesdays from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM unless otherwise noted. A break for lunch is included.

    2023 CLC Preliminary Calendar:

    • September 13: NYC’s Children and CCC (In person)
    • September 20: Food and Income Security (virtual)
    • September 27: Homelessness and Housing (virtual)
    • October 4: Child and Adolescent Health (virtual)
    • October 11: Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (virtual)
    • October 18: Early Childhood (virtual)
    • October 25: Independent Study Presentations (In person)
    • November 1: Family & Community Well-Being (virtual)
    • November 8: Education (virtual)
    • November 15: Independent Study Presentations (In person)
    • November 29: Youth (virtual)
    • December 6: Community Day (In person)
    • December 13: Graduation Social (In person; 5:00 - 6:00pm)
    • January 10, 2024: 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, 2023

    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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