Emerging civic leaders
District Youth Fellows ignite positive change in their neighborhoods.
District Youth Leadership Academies
Neighborhood-based civic engagement
Coro’s neighborhood-based program trains youth to become active citizens and assume leadership roles in their communities. District Youth Fellows learn essential leadership and public speaking skills, conduct interviews with community leaders, organize group projects, gain community service opportunities, attend workshops, and better understand San Francisco’s city functions. Currently serving youth who live, attend school, or have a personal connection in San Francisco’s District 7. The 2023 Youth Leadership Academy will meet from March – May. We welcome applications from 9th – 12th grade youth.
Attendance in all seminars is a requirement of this program — dates will vary every year.
District Youth Fellows will experience hands-on leadership training, conduct informational interviews with community and civic leaders, and will design and deliver a community action project. Learnings include:
- Receive training on key leadership concepts such as communication, problem-solving, project management, and more.
- Develop a deeper understanding of community issues and civic engagement, and gain community service experience.
- Build a professional network of local leaders and other youth from San Francisco.
Each cohort will meet virtually and in-person throughout the spring.
Current 9th-12th grader who lives or goes to school in District 7.*
Committed to attend ALL sessions.**
Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and adhere to Coro’s in-person meeting guidelines.***
Able to return phone calls and emails in a timely manner.
*(Not sure which is your district? Enter your home or school zip code here — https://sfplanninggis.org/PIM — and select the Map Layer for “Supervisors Districts”).
**(Can’t make it? Check out Coro’s Exploring Leadership summer program: https://coronorcal.org/program/exploring-leadership)
***(See Coro’s full Vaccination Policy here: https://tinyurl.com/CNCVaccinationPolicy; and in-person meeting guidelines here: https://tinyurl.com/CNCInPersonMeetingGuidelines)
- Enhanced leadership skills.
- Increased confidence to initiate positive change.
- Greater understanding of your community and city.
- Strengthened youth participation in city/district decision-making.
For this cycle, we welcome applications from any 9th – 12th grade youth, particularly those who live, attend school, or have a personal connection to San Francisco’s District 7 (the city’s western neighborhoods) who are:
- Interested in making a positive change in their school, community, or city.
- Interested in learning new skills.
- Open to new experiences and leaving their comfort zone.
- Willing and able to work independently and in teams.
- Willing to commit to all scheduled after-school online learning sessions.
- Any amount of leadership experience is welcome. No minimum GPA required.
These dates are for the 2023 cohort:
Session 1: Saturday, March 11 (2:30 PM – 5 PM)
Session 2: Saturday, March 18 (10 AM – 4 PM)
Session 3: Saturday, March 25 (10 AM – 4 PM)
Session 4: Saturday, April 8 (10 AM – 4 PM)
Session 5: Saturday, April 15 (10 AM – 4PM)
Session 6: Saturday, April 29 (10 AM – 4 PM)
Session 7: Saturday, May 13 (10 AM – 4 PM)
Session 8: Wednesday, May 17 – Graduation (4:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
There is no cost to participants. Each Youth Fellow receives a $500 stipend following program completion.
- San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families
- District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar