Our Mission

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


What Our Participants are Saying

July 23, 2015

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? 

It was Jaime Huff!  In 1997, Jaime and her high school classmates came to Sacramento and participted in the Capitol Focus program.  Afterwards, they made a photo scrap book back then and gave a copy to us. Jaime called the Capitol Focus experience instrumental to her career in public service  Jaime Huff graduated from high school, got her BA at American University in Washington DC, and then went on to get her law degree from Baylor. Jaime Huff has worked in Congress and for the California Legislature before landing here with Southern Califorina Edison.

Here is what she said about Capitol Focus:

“Capitol Focus connects California youth to state government in ways that no other program can match.  Their commitment to educate, engage and empower youth, particularly those in underserved communities, creates an early path to state government for emerging leaders.  I participated in Capitol Focus in high school and credit the exposure to Sacramento as the reason I ultimately went into public service.” 

Thanks to Jaime Huff's recommendation, Southern California Edison agreed to support the California Center and Capitol Focus. More importantly, thanks to all of you who participated in Capitol Focus before and after Jaime Huff did.  Jaime Huff now serves on our Advisory Committee with several other prestigious persons who have been touched by our programs in one way or another.  We hope their stories and yours contribute to a robust body of support for our statewide programs. Thanks to all of you!


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May 9, 2014

STAC Goes to Tyler Perry’s House

Sompong, a youth member of TCE's President's Youth Council, reflects on his night at Tyler Perry's House for the Black Men in Hollywood event. For him the night was filled with overwhelming emotion and a new found support system.

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November 21, 2013

Youth Advocate for Change Statewide and in their Communities

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November 20, 2013

Now Accepting Program Instructor Applications for Green Focus

Green Focus is a two day program designed to engage Sacramento area high school students in California environmental policy while building a link to green jobs and green career exploration.

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September 25, 2012

Now Recruiting For The 2012-2013 Youth Advocate Network Council, Apply Today!

We are looking for dynamic, passionate, Sacramento youth who care about sustainability and improving their community to serve on the 2012-2013 Youth Advocate Network Council

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January 12, 2012

From Toxic Land, to Urban Gardens. Community work is being done by the Fresno Sustainability Council

Here's some information on what one of the sustainability councils (Fresno) has been working on. They're working on creating an Urban garden from a Brownfield, helped by a grant.

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December 22, 2011

California Freshworks Interviews Youth Council Members

Watch these interviews featuring CCCP Youth Council members Ruby Avila, Don Jesus Clemons, Isiah Joshua Maldano and Abhilasha Malhotra. They were interviewed by California Freshworks' program, which helps increase access to healthy foods in under-served communities throughout the state.

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August 4, 2010

Youth Take Action to Increase Access to Health Services

Riverbank YWHLP and PLPSH youth partnered with Golden Valley Health Centers (GVHC) to build awareness about their Medical Outreach Mobile Health Clinic (also known as MOM). Through the Step by Step Community Youth Activist team, these youth developed a video to build awareness in their community about accessing medical services at the MOM. The MOM is serving as a temporary mobile clinic until the school based health center is built on campus this fall.

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June 18, 2010

A Tribute to Our Graduating Seniors

We would like to honor our class of 2010 graduating seniors! Congratulations! You have accomplished so much and we are so proud to have worked with such a hard-working and dedicated group of leaders. See what some of our seniors have to say about their experiences in our programs and what they will be up to next.

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May 13, 2010

My Day as an Advocate

My name is Bandu and I am from Sacramento County. I am passionate about women's health and reproductive rights and I want to make a change in my community. I attended the Planned Parenthood Capitol Day because I want support prevention services and comprehensive sex education. I think more youth should get involved and help inform the decisions that are impacting our lives.

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March 1, 2010

Video Voice Mapping Delivered to Your Doorstep

Kern County youth serving on Cal Center's Statewide Youth Board on Obesity Prevention (SYBOP) have been developing an innovative way to advocate for change in their community through Video Voice Mapping. They are offering peer trainings throughout the State, free of charge!

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