For Youth

“CORO has helped me to overcome my fear of public speaking and challenged me to explore my own leadership style. The internship was also a great opportunity for me to network.” – Youth Fellow

CORO’s youth programs have been training diverse groups of Bay Area middle and high school-age youth since 1998.

CORO believes in youth as leaders who can mobilize their peers to address the challenges facing public education and their communities. CORO’s experiential curriculum promotes academic enrichment, life skills, workforce development, and student advocacy. We provide the training and support for youth to become civically engaged and assume leadership roles in their schools, communities, and families.


The CORO Exploring Leadership Program is a transformative youth program that trains high school students to become active and concerned citizens and assume leadership roles in their schools, communities, and families. Launched in 1998, Exploring Leadership engages rising  10th, 11th and 12th graders in a set of CORO modules focused on critical thinking, communication, goal setting, and ultimately giving them the skills to become effective facilitators and collaborators for community change.

Focus Week

This week of activities is designed for team-building, hands-on experience with project planning, public speaking, critical thinking, and for the safe sharing of diverse viewpoints. Through intensive research and interviews, Youth Fellows will prepare and deliver a public presentation based on their findings.


There will be two retreats where the Youth Fellows participate in activities and challenged designed to further develop communication, teamwork, and trust.


Youth Fellows are placed in a 10-day internship within a business, government agency, or nonprofit organization. Youth gain advanced career skills and exposure to a working environment, while making a meaningful contribution to host organizations.

Seminars and Interviews

Seminars teach CORO tools and skills such as group facilitation, self-awareness, fundraising, project management, critical inquiry, and more. Youth Fellows will apply these tools and skills as they meet a diverse array of leaders within the community.

Community Action Project

Youth Fellows serve their community by planning and executing a project that makes an impact on the focus issue that they have been investigating. This experience reinforces project planning and organizational skills, group facilitation, and their ability to use their summer learning as a basis to make informed and effective decisions.

Alumni Engagement

Upon completion of the Exploring Leadership program, quarterly seminars will be held for Exploring Leadership alumni on the college application process, scholarships, discovering how to make their passion their employment, networking, and a continuation of meeting diverse community leaders.


Scroll down for the frequently asked questions about Exploring Leadership.

Video created by Franchesca Quisao, Exploring Leadership Class of 2014.


CORO Youth in Action is an after school leadership training program for high school students. The program has three main goals:

1. Personal Development – Participants develop leadership skills for use in college, in their future careers, as well as everyday life

2. Team Development – Participants build a safe and comfortable classroom community that supports significant personal growth

3. School Community Development – Participants apply the leadership skills they gain in the classroom setting by stepping up into different leadership roles on campus

Youth in Action participants learn about leadership by participating in experiential activities where they can apply content to their daily activities. Workshops are individual and group focused with a community action project as a culminating assignment, which traditionally addresses the achievement gap or another priority issue impacting the school community.

For more information, please contact Clifford Yee, Director of Youth Programs, at or 415.986.0521 x702.


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What qualities are you looking for in EL candidates?

CORO is looking for youth who demonstrate courage, commitment, and compassion. The courage to step out of their comfort zone and try something new; the commitment to the program, given it is a full-time (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) summer program for six weeks; and the compassion to make a difference in the community. Students must be a current 9th, 10th, or 11th grader. There is no GPA requirement.

Where is the program located?

Seminars will be held at the CORO office located at 233 Sansome Street, Suite 400 (4th floor) in San Francisco.

What is my internship placement?

Each internship placement is based on availability and substantive projects for each Youth Fellow. CORO ensures that your 10-day (2 week) internship placement will be a great opportunity for you to learn the culture of the organization and work on a substantive project that will add value to the host organization. Past placements include: Dodge & Cox, BART, City Departments, Blaylock Beal Van LLC, CA Emerging Technology Fund, etc.

What happens after I graduate?

Upon completion of the CORO Exploring Leadership program, quarterly seminars will be held for program alumni on topics including the college application process, scholarships, discovering how to make your passion your employment, networking, and a continuation of meeting diverse community leaders.

How much is the stipend?

Youth Fellows receive a stipend of $800. However, the stipend is deducted for missing seminars, late assignments, etc.