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Alameda County Youth Leadership Academy

Educate - Communicate - Collaborate

The Alameda County Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is a free, educational program that enables high school youth to learn about local government while completing a career development and job readiness program alongside their peers. This award-winning program emphasizes interaction, engagement, and collaboration amongst cohort members and County leadership as participants learn and understand the County's programs and services, while building technical skills to solve community-based issues.

The program is facilitated by staff from the County Administrator's Office and each session is hosted by a different County agency/department. At each session, staff, department heads, or elected officials make presentations and facilitate group discussions regarding the role and programs offered by the hosting departments as well as incorporate team exercises so that participants can apply what they have learned.

The Academy consists of five Saturday morning sessions (8:30am - 12pm) that focus on different aspects of County services such as Heath Care, Social Services, Public Protection, the County budget and Careers. Each session provides a forum for participants to learn, speak out and be heard about issues that affect youth and their communities.

The 2016-17 Alameda County Youth Leadership Academy will be held from October 2016 to February 2017 on the following dates at County facilities throughout Alameda County:

  • October 29, 2016
  • November 19, 2016
  • January 7, 2017
  • January 28, 2017
  • February 4, 2017

To be eligible, applicants must be a high school junior or senior at a school within Alameda County, and reside in Alameda County. The online application will be available from the week of September 26, 2016 up until October 21, 2016. Please note the application period may close earlier than the October 21, 2016 date if all slots have been filled.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis with consideration given to geographic location to ensure representation of all five Board of Supervisors districts. In addition, to ensure countywide school representation, up to three students from each school may be accepted until all slots are filled.

The application period in now closed.

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