Youth Leadership Academy Launches
Region’s future leaders get a taste of civic engagement

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YLA First Training

January 29, 2019: SACOG’s Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) kicked off on January 26 with 29 high-school students from across the six-county region. This first training introduced the program to students, discussed civic engagement and SACOG’s core functions, included presentations and activities, and ended with a tour of the California State Capitol Museum.  

The training led to great discussions among the students throughout the day and was a snapshot of what’s to come in the next five months. The students showed their interest in gaining skills to create change in their communities and the desire to be part of complex discussions and decisions that affect their communities. After the training, students already had plans to learn more about some of the topics discussed during presentations. “I’m going to do some research on autonomous vehicles because I have some ideas about how Sacramento can start and thrive in trying to implement these vehicles,” said one participant. 

The YLA is a pilot project that encourages a two-way learning path for youth of the region and SACOG. Through the program, we hope participating youth will gain more in-depth knowledge about local government, planning, and an overall interest in the public sector as a possible career option. The YLA will also be an opportunity for SACOG to hear from youth on regional needs and be an avenue for more inclusive dialogues.  

The program was the brainchild of 2018 SACOG board chair Jay Schenirer and is being run in cooperation with PRO Youth and Family.