YouthAction Members are high school students who have completed the YouthAction Community Leadership Course (YCLC) and want to use the skills they learned to continue to advocate with us.
Throughout the school year, Members develop and lead research and advocacy projects that support CCC’s mission to ensure every child is healthy, housed, educated, and safe.
YAMs meet Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at CCC’s office in Manhattan.
Past Advocacy Projects Include:
Leading and organizing rallies and other actions as part of several campaigns, including Raise the Age NY, Campaign for Children, EveryChildCountsNYC, #FundYouthNYC, and more.
Creating short films about various issues including the school-to-prison pipeline, adolescent mental health, SNAP enrollment, and more.
Organizing forums around youth civic engagement, voter education and mobilization, and activism.
Meeting with New York State Legislators and City Council Members to advocate for more equitable municipal budgets.
Experienced YAMs can also become Peer Trainers.
“While advocating with CCC in Albany, I got to meet my State Senator. It was such a great experience to be able to talk to him. It was exciting to walk through the Capitol building where so many important decisions are made, and also inspiring to be around such powerful people.” –Kimberly Ortega, YouthAction Member (YAM) since 2011
For more information contact Laura Jankstrom, YouthAction NYC Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org