The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs invests in our youth by developing new leaders for our communities. Whether in high school or in college, PBI youth learn the critical importance of public policy by developing policy projects on a team basis, researching public policy issues and serving in internships in public and community-organizations, including the Institute.

The Institute has a long history providing needed programs and services to at-risk youth in the greater Los Angeles region.  In the early years, the Institute managed an after-school program, known as the Youth Enrichment Policy Project, in elementary and middle schools that fed into Roosevelt High School.  In subsequent years, the program served additional high schools in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles County. 

Separately, the Institute incubated an exclusive Gang and Youth Violence Prevention Interventionist Certificate Training Program.  The trainings for intervention workers were certified by both the City of Los Angeles and the University.  The program was recognized as a model for intervention work. Its successfulness led to the City of Los Angeles adopting our model in 2007 in what is now known as the GRYD (Gang Reduction Youth Development) program.  GRYD is now part of the Mayor of Los Angeles’s effort to prevent and reduce harm impacting youth and their communities.

Today the Institute boast five multi-dimensional youth leadership programs. Our youth remain a part of everything we do, playing key roles in our events, conferences, research, and candidate debates.


Youth Leadership Programs

Youth Enrichment Policy Project (YEPP) - YEPP is the Pat Brown Institute’s innovative public policy education program for high school age students. Over the course of a year, students learn the skills of public policy, develop policy projects on a team basis, and serve in internships in public and community organizations. 
Civic University for Youth and Candidate Debate Training - The Pat Brown Institute creates future leaders by broadening their experience as civic players and developing their skills in civil dialogue and civic discourse. By providing such experiences, students are able to advance their professional and personal growth.
James R. Galbraith Fellowship - The James R. Galbraith Fellowship is a local public policy internship. For 10 weeks, undergraduate and graduate students are provided with the rare opportunity to work at a political, business, or community worksite. Our fellowships offer students the chance to witness the behind the scenes process of implementing public policy: from research to actionable legislation.
International Internships - The Pat Brown Institute is currently partnered with Stanley Prep, a South Korean internship program that places high-achieving South Korean undergraduates around the Los Angeles region in seven-week internships.