Policy Advocacy and Civic education
When people talk about youth’s civic education or leadership, usually the first things come to our minds are community services, volunteering or voting right. However, a lot more can be done to champaign our young generations to be lifelong civic leaders who bring impact to the world:
The goal of the Young American Policy Advocates (YAPA) program is to help youth become engaged citizens by understanding social issues affecting their lives and their role and responsibility in solving them, as well as providing the tools and platform to study and improve local policies.
The complete YAPA Policy and Civic Training Program is consists of the following four parts:
Topical Study Group
The core of the YAPA program is the study groups, where passionate subject experts on local issues mentor high school students to study specific, relevant issues.
Meets every three weeks for team and skill-building. Cohort meeting programs are co-designed and led by student officers.
The YIA conference has three primary objectives: First, to celebrate the accomplishments of students and mentors, Second, to promote youth civic engagement, and Third, to serve as an information exchange between selected, relevant non-profit organizations and students.
A two-day intensive boot camp in summer to kick off the training.
In addition, throughout the four components of the YAPA program, elected officials and community advocates are invited to speak and share their perspectives on certain issues, their careers, or current affairs.