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What is the SACOG Youth Leadership Academy?

SACOG Youth Leadership Academy is a cohort of high school students who provide input to the SACOG Board of Directors on the effects of policies, needs, programs, and budgets impacting the children and youth of the region as it relates to transportation, air quality, environmental and land use planning issues. Specifically, the Youth Leadership Academy will provide input to their corresponding SACOG Board members regarding SACOG initiatives and issue areas. SACOG Youth Leadership Academy members will, through a variety of methods, solicit input from other peers in their community to better inform the SACOG Board member of children’s and youth’s needs, perspectives, and requests. Youth will serve as an ambassador to SACOG, educating community members about what SACOG does and the issues it is tackling.

What is SACOG?

SACOG is an association of local governments in the six-county Sacramento region. Its members include the counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba and the 22 cities within. SACOG provides transportation planning and funding for the region and serves as a forum for the study and resolution of regional issues. In addition to preparing the region’s long-range transportation plan, SACOG approves the distribution of affordable housing in the region and assists in planning for transit, bicycle networks, and clean air.

 

What’s in it for the participant?

SACOG Youth Leadership Academy members will have a chance to develop their leadership and advocacy skills. Youth participants will receive training on public speaking, critical thinking, public policy analysis, community organizing, power and oppression, social justice history, and government structures at the city, county, and regional levels. SACOG Youth Leadership Academy will provide participants with an opportunity to serve their communities, learn about policy and politics, grow as a leader, better understand how their local government operates and better understand career opportunities in local government.

What is the participant committing to?

SACOG Youth Leadership Academy participants will be asked to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • A minimum time commitment of four (4) hours per month;
  • Attendance at four (4) mandatory Saturday trainings in Sacramento;
  • Attendance to at least one SACOG Board meeting held on the third Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m.;
  • Bi-monthly in-person meetings with respective SACOG Board member;
  • Monthly phone check-ins with Project Coordinator; and
  • Explain what SACOG does and engage in dialogue with peers and others
  • Solicit input on SACOG issues from peers and others in your community.

How do I apply?

Complete the online application form at _______________________.  Have a parent or guardian sign the permission form. Applicants will also have an interview with the Project Coordinator.