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 2023 Community Leadership Course will begin on September 13 and end on January 10. Following the 12 week course, there will be a graduation social in December, and an Advocacy 101 workshop will be held in January 2024.

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

    The deadline to apply is April 1st. Interviews will be scheduled throughout the months of April and May for selected candidates. Final notifications of acceptance will be made in June.

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