The Youth Policy Initiative serves middle school students from across San Francisco, especially low-income, students of color, and first generation college students. Furthermore, YPI engages students in local and national political issues to raise awareness about current events in society and to gear participants towards a career in politics or political activism by inspiring them to find solutions for the many issues Americans face today.
To foster these goals, in Summer 2016 we created and hosted a summer camp called the Civics and Leadership Camp.
The Civics and Leadership Camp is a FREE, week-long summer camp for rising 7th and 8th grade students from underrepresented backgrounds to learn about public speaking, leadership, and the issues facing San Francisco and the country through interactive lessons and simulations. The first camp took place in early June 2016 and the 2017 camp date is from June 5-9, 2017. Below is a video that explains more about the camp.
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: St. Ignatius College Preparatory (2001 37th Ave)
Eligibility: Must be a current 6th or 7th grade student.
Learn about politics, leadership, and advocacy.
Understand and develop solutions to the issues in San Francisco.
Take part in a SF Board of Supervisors simulation.
Go on a field trip throughout SF, speaking with legislators and community activists.
Develop crucial public speaking skills.
Speak with a St. Ignatius College Preparatory admissions officer.
Meet new friends.
The program is FREE; Lunch will be provided.
Students are responsible for transportation to and from the camp.
95% of students said that their perspective of living in San Francisco changed.
90% of students gained a better sense of local government and the problems in SF today.
85% of students want to empower others to fight injustice in their communities and city.
95% of students would recommend the camp to others.
100% of the high school volunteers and adult faculty would volunteer again.
We are looking for motivated 6th and 7th grade students to participate in the 2017 Civics and Leadership Program. Would you be able to share this information to students and families? The link to a flyer is here and the link to apply is here. Applications are due by April 3, 2017. More information can be found on our website. If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com.