Community Leadership Course

We can help You make a difference in the lives of New York City’s children

Every fall since 1962, concerned citizens just like you have taken CCC’s Community Leadership Course (CLC). This course gives you a firsthand look at how programs across New York City help children and how you can make New York City an even better place to be a child.

When you participate in the CLC you will:

  • Meet once a week for 10 weeks to learn about the challenges New York City children face and the innovative solutions being developed to help them.
  • Visit programs that serve children and families in all five boroughs.
  • Hear directly from program directors and government agency staff about the challenges they face and the successes they have had running programs for children.
  • Engage in dynamic discussions about how to improve the lives of New York City children.
  • Learn about advocacy in the areas CCC focuses on, including child poverty, child welfare, juvenile justice, family homelessness, education, and youth services.
  • Find out why your voice is important and how you and your network of friends and colleagues can make a difference for children.

Direct service providers, foundation officers, clergy, lawyers, legislative staff, non-profit board members, parents and many others have taken the CLC. Join them – and us – to be the best advocate you can for New York City’s children and families.

An application and interview are required. The fee for the course is $900. Full and partial scholarships are available.

Community Leadership Course Application (PDF)

2015 Course Calendar

We begin recruitment for the 2016 program this Spring. If you are interested in participating in the next CLC, please email Lorraine Tate, Executive Assistant at or contact her at (212) 979-5063 to find out more information. Thank you.

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