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In this program, youth participants receive an education about their community’s political geography, demographics, and voter turnout. Additionally, participants learn to identify and define a public policy problem. Participants then learn how to make the system respond by developing “clout.” Finally, participants learn about the components of a “Citizen’s Toolkit.”

Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive an officially signed certificate of completion.

Learning outcomes include:

  1. Become familiar with their community
  2. Learn who makes decisions in local government
  3. Learn how to influence political systems

2017 California Latino Leadership Institute Civic University - The 2017 California Latino Leadership Institute Summer Fellows came to Cal State LA for a three day series of workshops that included a Civic University program, a tour of the university, a presentation by Cal State LA’s Writing Center and a conversation with Emiliana Guereca, one of the lead organizers of the 2017 Women’s March in Los Angeles. Our Civic
2017 YEPP Civic University - This program, currently based in Boyle Heights, gives students an education about their communities political geography, demographics and voter turnout. Additionally, they learned to identify and define a public policy problem, and develop a plan to address it and make the system respond.