Youth Leadership Academy
YOUth Shape the Future

The SACOG Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is an opportunity for students to:

  • Learn how communities are shaped by people and policies.
  • Discover career opportunities in government, planning, and civic engagement.
  • Connect with elected officials, community activists, organizers, and non-profit leaders.
  • Engage in local and regional government.
  • Have fun and be collaborative with students from around the region.

YLA bridges the gap between youth and local leaders. The program provides students with helpful knowledge and skills that are part of the ongoing process of decision making and connects them to local organizations and community members who bring much needed change. With this program, young leaders learn about the intersection of different areas, like transportation planning, health, and education, and how they impact everyday life. Watch this video from the 2021 academy to learn more! 

2021 Cohort Inspires

2021 Cohort Inspires

The Youth Leadership Academy is nearing it’s end for 2021 and looking back to a virtual year full of learning, engagement, and of course, inspiration. 


Youth Leadership Academy goes virtual
Adapting to a new format

April 23: Adaptability is the name of the game for the world right now, and the Youth Leadership Academy has had to do exactly that. Due to the impacts of Covid-19, SACOG and Pro Youth & Families have followed local and state orders and began working from home and cancelled all in-person sessions for the program. However, the YLA will continue virtually and will still be a place for students from across the region to connect with each other and learn about different regional and local topics that impact their communities.