Youth Leadership Academy
YOUth Shape the Future

The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) provides young leaders of the Sacramento region a resource to gain additional leadership skills, an overall understanding of local government processes, and critical thinking skills regarding racial justice within planning and the public sector, all through a fun and welcoming environment.  YLA is focused on providing our young leaders broader tools and skillsets that can be applied to any work path they choose, whether its planning, health, skilled jobs, food, education, etc., students will leave with an understanding that all our systems are interconnected and have real impacts in people’s everyday lives.


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?