Another cohort is up and coming!


The Youth Leadership Academy is now recruiting for the fifth cohort! September 15 through November 4, 9th - 12th grade high school students are able apply for the program. There will be 40 spots for students from across the six-county Sacramento region. 

Who can apply:

  • 9th – 12 grade high school students
  • Must live and attend school in the counties of El Dorado*, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba. 
    *The Tahoe basin is excluded

When is the program?

  • Five month program from January through May 2023 (Saturdays)
  • First session is Saturday, January 21, 2023 (planned for in person)
  • After January 21, students will meet every other Saturday
  • Hybrid program with virtual sessions (5) and in person sessions (5)
  • Graduation scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2023

What will we do in the program?

  • Learn how communities are shaped by people and policies  
  • Discover career opportunities in planning, civic engagement, and public service 
  • Connect with local leaders, elected officials, community activists, and more  
  • Engage in local and regional government 
  • Connect with students from across the region and join over 150 YLA alumni