Youth Civic Leadership Academy

The Youth Civic Leadership Academy is committed to training tomorrow’s leaders today. Trainings focus on immigrant civic engagement, community organizing skills, volunteerism and community building, and personal leadership development

Youth Civic Leadership Academy

Youth have always been a powerful driving force behind progress. Within Uniting America, the Youth Civic Leadership Academy (YCLA) was established to empower youth in Chicago and the surrounding areas to create necessary change within their communities. The idea behind the Leadership Academy is to provide young people with useful skills to utilize their political power. Illinois is home to 777,000 children of immigrants, and amongst them are many who helped win in-state tuition for undocumented youth under the Illinois DREAM Act.
The Youth Civic Leadership Academy is committed to training tomorrow’s leaders today. Trainings focus on immigrant civic engagement, community organizing skills, volunteerism and community building, and personal leadership development. 
More than 500 youth across Chicago and surrounding suburbs have been trained on:
 
  •  The importance of immigrant civic engagement
  • Story of self
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Social media
  • Voter registration
  • Advocacy 
When children of immigrants make up at least 23.8% of the total population of minors in the U.S., building relationships between immigrant youth and youth from non-immigrant backgrounds is essential to push for a more welcoming America. It is youth who can drive campaigns to change the unwelcoming rhetoric in the current immigration debate in America.
To get the gears of mobilization moving in your community, host a leadership development training at your organization or school to continue changing Illinois!

Contact Celina Villanueva for more information: cvillanueva@icirr.org


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