Youth Action NYC

YouthAction NYC is our after-school program for high school students interested in learning to be effective advocates for the issues they care about and  advocate on behalf of themselves, their schools and their communities. Participants learn how to gather information, document what they learn, and then effectively communicate this information to their communities and elected officials.

YouthAction NYC includes four after-school programs:

  1. YouthAction Community Leadership Course
  2. YouthAction Members
  3. Peer Trainers
  4. YouthAction Alumni Engagement

Note: All YouthAction programming will take place over Zoom until further notice.

YouthAction Community Leadership Course

A free 10-week course, held in the fall and spring, which teaches high school students how to become effective advocates. Students conduct their own research, do public polling, visit community-based organizations, and interview community leaders. They learn how to develop their own solutions to problems their communities face and meet with elected and appointed government officials to present recommendations for change. Learn more.

YouthAction Members

After graduating from the YCLC, students are invited to deepen their advocacy skills by becoming YouthAction Members. Members  develop their own youth-led advocacy campaigns and participate in CCC’s advocacy work directly with CCC policy staff. Learn More.

Peer Trainers

This select group of YouthAction participants trains other youth throughout New York City on how to conduct effective fact-based advocacy and how they can also be leaders of positive change in their schools and communities. Learn more.

YouthAction Alumni Engagement

CCC is committed to staying in touch with our YouthAction Alumni. Stay tuned as we roll out our engagement efforts in the near future.

The Spring 2022 Youth Community Leadership Course is being held in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority. If you are a NYCHA resident between the ages of 14 and 18, please leave a message below and we will email you the application materials.

All other applicants should check back in August for applications to the Fall 2022 YCLC.



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