What is the Alameda County Youth Leadership Academy?

Educate - Communicate - Collaborate

The Alameda County Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is a free, educational program that enables high school youth to learn about local government while completing a career development and job readiness program alongside their peers. This award-winning program emphasizes interaction, engagement, and collaboration amongst cohort members and County leadership to learn about County programs, services, and community-based issues.



Applications are being accepted online August 6th to August 25th, 2018.
Forty-five (45) participants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis*.

* with consideration given to geographic location to ensure representation for all five Board of Supervisors districts.

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What are the Goals of the Academy?

  • To promote civic-engagement, community service, and leadership.
  • To educate Alameda County high school juniors and seniors about the County’s departments and Agencies, as well as the programs and services the County provides its constituents.
  • To support self-development and professional development.

Who operates the Alameda County Youth Leadership Academy?

The program is facilitated by staff from the County Administrator's Office and each session is hosted by a different County agency/department. At each session, staff, department heads, or elected officials make presentations and facilitate group discussions regarding the role and programs offered by the hosting departments as well as incorporate team exercises for participants to apply what they have learned.

When are the Sessions?

The Academy consists of five Saturday morning sessions (8:30am - 12:30pm) that focus on different aspects of County services such as Heath Care, Social Services, Public Protection, the County budget and Careers. Each session provides a forum for participants to learn, speak out and be heard about issues that affect youth and their communities.

TheThe 2018 Alameda County Youth Leadership Academy will be held from September 2018 to December 2018 at County facilities throughout Alameda County.

  • September 15th 2018
  • October 13th 2018
  • October 20th 2018
  • November 17th 2018
  • December 15th 2018

How can I apply for the Alameda County Youth Leadership Academy?

Applications are being accepted online August 6th to August 25th, 2018.
Forty-five (45) participants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis*.

* with consideration given to geographic location to ensure representation for all five Board of Supervisors districts.

Apply Now

Who Can Participate?

To be eligible, applicants must be a high school junior or senior at a school within Alameda County, and reside in Alameda County. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis with consideration given to geographic location to ensure representation of all five Board of Supervisors districts.