The Bay Area Leadership Academy is a 10 week leadership development program for foster youth leaders 18-24 years old. Having youth involvement and engagement in policy development is critical to creating policies that best serve youth and their families. The Bay Area Leadership Academy is the place for foster youth leaders to learn skills, practice and develop the professional networks to be effective advocates for themselves and for other foster youth.

Foster youth leaders will participate in 6 day-long training sessions covering topics including: effective facilitation, systems, institutions and power, intersectionality, messaging, communication, and project development.  Leaders will then have the opportunity to practice their learnings in a 4 week externship implementing their own project for change.

Foster youth leaders have the opportunity to earn up to $1200 for their participation.

Source: California Youth Connection, January 20th, 2016