Our Mission

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

What's New at Cal Center

Green Focus 2016/2017 are still being accepted!

Sacramento area high school students are encouraged to apply for the Green Focus program which started in late October 2016. We are currently still taking applications until January 27, 2017 for mid-year entry.  http://californiacenter.org/docs/Student_Program_Application.Jan.pdf 

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Story of the Month

Was Jaime Huff a participant in Capitol Focus?

Jaime Huff, Manager of Government Affairs for Southern California Edison was considering a recommendation to support our work.  Later, while tidying up our conference room, I discovered a dusty photo scrap book about a class and their trip to Capitol Focus in 1997. The cover had a young lady that looked a lot like Jaime Huff.  Was it really Jaime? 

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The California Roast

2016 Roastee

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León was roasted on May 31, 2016 in Sacramento. Who should be our next roastee?

2016 Roastee

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!

HEAL Zones

The California Center provides training and technical assistance around youth engagement and youth power to the 7 Southern California HEAL Zones.  Learn more here.  

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