By Jasmine Elbarbary, Neighborhood Council Advocate

The 2019 Civic Youth Leadership Academy began on Monday, 6/17 in City Hall. With 75 youth participants representing every region of the City of Los Angeles, our fourth cohort is the most robust one yet. The first session included a  tour of City Hall, an overview of City Government, and an introduction to Neighborhood Councils.

Our second session on Monday, 6/24 focused on the Community Visioning Process, and featured an overview from the Department of City Planning similar to the Planning 101 trainings for Neighborhood Councils. Many thanks to Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate Obiamaka Ude and the Planning Department’s Community Liaisons Fabiola Inzunza,  Isaiah Ross, and Dylan Sittig for facilitating a most informative workshop for our students.

Our third session, upcoming on 7/8, will have a focus on Resiliency and will include a tour of the City’s Emergency Operations Center.

Now in its fourth year, the Civic Youth Leadership Academy is a summer program hosted by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to engage and empower youth in local government. The six-session course will run through the end of July this year. Check out to learn more and reach out to with any questions.