Our Mission

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


The 2019 California Roast

May 28, 2019

Sheraton Grand Downtown Sacramento, 1230 J Street

A TBD guest will be roasted in front of his/her colleagues at the 38th annual CA Roast.

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Contract Services

On-Site Trainings

The California Center can provide on-site trainings for your youth and adults on a wide range of topics.  We can customize trainings for your group.  We can provide half or full-day workshops, or multiple day sessions.  This can take place at your site or in partnership with other organizations.  This brief list is a sample of the training topics we can customize for you.


Training sessions on these topics develop a deeper understanding of youth development principles, practices and common language.  This foundation can help your site create more numerous allies for youth engagement; a culture that understands and supports youth engagement; and a well-conceived and supported youth engagement element to your future work.  Some topics include Youth Development Principles, Youth / Adult Partnerships, Youth Development Practices, Youth Engagement Models, and Strategic Planning for Youth Engagement.


Sessions on these topics will provide details, resources and real-life anecdotes on specific dimensions of the practice of youth engagement.  We will work with you to draw upon communities’ experience and a deepening body of knowledge and expertise in this field nationwide.  Topics include Getting Started, Recruitment & Retention, Sustaining & Growing Youth Engagement, Engaging Older Youth, and Engaging Youth Over Time.


These sessions provide a deeper look at particular strategies, with the goal of preparing your site to shape and launch that particular form of youth engagement.  Sessions will incorporate youth and adults with actual experience establishing and sustaining that form of youth engagement, sample materials, training strategies, etc.  Topics include: Research & Evaluation, Program Development, Governance & Decision Making, Youth Grant-Making, Youth Educators, Youth Businesses, Youth Advocacy & Systems Change


These sessions include workshops on traditional topics for youth leadership and skill-development. They can help shore up youth competencies in several key areas so they can grow and be effective participants in community work.  Topics include: Leadership Styles, Sources of Power, Public Speaking & Communications, Strategic Planning, Research, Advocacy, Team Building, Partnership Development, Event Planning, etc.


These sessions provide active workshops to support youth and their adult allies engaged in a single issue campaign, development project, or who are participating in a longer term policy or systems change initiative. Topics include research & assessment, outreach & coalition building, strategic planning, political change strategies, how to navigate a political landscape, budget processes, and power & oppression. Featuring case studies of successful youth planning and advocacy.


We are available for consulting in the form of site visits, conference calls, meeting facilitation and consultation around any of the above topic areas.

The California Center for Civic Participation can customize any training to fit your needs. Fees depend on scope and location of training. Please contact us for additional information.