Our Mission

To empower youth to be active and valued participants in decision making processes at all levels.

What's New at Cal Center

The Women in Politics program is back!

 We've decided to bring back Women in Politics for the summer of 2018!  See "Our Major Programs" below and click on Women in Politics for more information about this one-of-a-kind opportunity.  The application process will be opened soon. Stay tuned!

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Story of the Month

Green Focus Youth Publication

Students from last years program created an advisory publication, from start to finish, which lists ways for the everyday citizen to reduce pollution.  Click here to see their document.  Print it, share it and help spread their messsage! 

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The California Roast

The 2018 CA Roast

Who will be our 2018 roastee?  Our guest of honor will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

The 2018 CA Roast

Welcome to the California Center for Civic Participation!

Cal Center is a non-profit civic education organization, engaging youth by sparking their interest with exposure to real excitement of the democratic process, sustaining it with active, hands-on programs on topics that are meaningful to young people.

Through our programs, thousands of young people have become active players in the public policies affecting their communities, cities and states. In addition to making informed decisions on today’s issues, youth gain the skills to thoughtfully assess questions of tomorrow!

Our Major Programs

TCE Youth Leadership

The California Center is a partner in creating opportunities for youth to become leaders within programs and initiatives funded by The California Endowment.  Through this work we support the President's Youth Council, Sisters and Brothers at the Capitol and the BHC Steering Committee.  Learn more here

Green Focus

This six month program examines some of California's most influential environmental laws while introducing students to the green career sector.  Learn more

Women in Politics

Women in Politics (WIP) is a four-day summer institute for young women from throughout California. Participants get a first-hand look the workings of state politics, focusing on issues affecting women and their communities. Click here to learn more about WIP!

Capitol Focus

Our longest running program, Capitol Focus is a three-day journey into the world of California politics. Participants get a first-hand look at how government works. Click here to learn more about Capitol Focus!

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