YouthAction NYC

YouthAction NYC is our after-school program for high school students interested in learning to advocate on behalf of themselves, their schools and their communities. Students research and discuss the issues that matter to them- and then graduate from the program with the skills they need to make positive changes for children and youth.

We teach students from schools throughout New York City how to engage in fact-based advocacy. Students learn how to gather the facts, document what they learn, and then effectively communicate this information to their communities and elected officials.

YouthAction NYC includes three after-school programs:

YouthAction Community Leadership Course (YCLC)

A free 10-week course, held in the fall and spring, which teaches high school students how to become effective advocates. Students conduct their own research, do public polling, visit community-based organizations, and interview community leaders. They learn how to develop their own solutions to problems their communities face and meet with elected and appointed government officials to present recommendations for change.

Learn more about the YouthAction Community Leadership Course.

YouthAction Members (YAMs)

After graduating from the YCLC, students are invited to deepen their advocacy skills by becoming YouthAction Members (YAMs). YAMs develop their own youth-led advocacy campaigns and participate in CCC’s advocacy work directly with CCC policy staff.

Learn more about YouthAction Members.

Peer Trainers

This select group of YAMs trains other youth throughout New York City on how to conduct effective fact-based advocacy and how they can also be leaders of positive change in their schools and communities.

Learn more about Peer Trainers.

For more information on YouthAction NYC, YAMs, or Peer Trainers, contact Laura Jankstrom, YouthAction NYC Program Coordinator, at

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