Our Mission

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


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Our Work

The Cal Center is a non-profit civic education organization, focusing on:

  • 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.
  • Developing research, communication, and critical thinking skills, so youth can express ideas effectively and with confidence.
  • Listening to them, following where they lead.

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!

We believe youth are not a problem to solve, they are a resource to nurture.

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, they gain the skills to thoughtfully assess the questions of tomorrow. Our programs draw strength from an egalitarian approach - bringing together youth of different backgrounds and abilities to learn from each other as well as from our diverse staff and many supporters. 

We welcome youth who otherwise might not receive the opportunity to participate in a youth leadership capacity. As a recognized leader in civic engagement for youth, we share our expertise by providing assistance to organizations which are seeking to incorporate young people into policy making processes. Fundamentally we believe that youth are not a problem to solve, but rather a resource to nurture. 

The California Center Program Advisory Committee 

Alex Franco, Government Affairs, Mead Johnson

Rosalba Gonzalez, Field Representative for the Office of Senator Fran Pavely

Assemblymember Sebastion Ridley-Thomas, California State Assembly

Mindy Romero, P.h.D. Director, California Civic Education Project

John Minkler, Consultant, ACEL Charter School

David Valdez, Youth Institute Director, Weingart East LA YMCA

George Weaver, Consultant, Brotherhood Crusade