OYC Young Leaders

Campaign launched by the OYC in 2015
Convened by the Alliance for Children’s Rights

The OYC Young Leaders Program is a one-year leadership program for young adults in leadership development, public speaking, advocacy, and more. We believe young adults should join us as equal decision makers to co-create and implement the services and programs that serve them. 

The OYC Young Leaders are young adults with lived experience of the Los Angeles child welfare system dedicated to raising awareness and engaging employers, educators, policy makers, youth, and others to increase stability leading to employment, wellness, and higher education opportunities for foster youth. 

Vision: Building a world where all young adults with lived experience of the Los Angeles child welfare system have the means to actively and meaningfully contribute to improving their communities. 

“As the backbone for the LAOYC, the Alliance for Children’s Rights has had the privilege of witnessing the growth trajectory of the OYC Young Leaders. Their fierce dedication and impact as advocates—speaking from their own lived experience—demonstrates the importance of using our platform to amplify the voices and vision of the young people in our communities.”

— Jennifer L. Braun, President & CEO
    Alliance for Children’s Rights

Through testimony at Board of Supervisors meetings, the OYC Young Leaders advocated for $32.4M in funding for housing and employment in 2020.

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The OYC is currently looking for youth, ages 18 – 25, who are interested in becoming part of the OYC Young Leaders Program! 

Our program can support youth with:

  • Leadership training
  • Exposure to decision-makers
  • Learning how to be an effective advocate
  • Learning about resources and services for foster youth
  • Building a supportive network
  • Developing and executing a community project that makes a difference in the lives of other foster youth
  • Networking events with other youth serving institutions (CYC, NFYI, Journey House)

The position pays a stipend of up to $3,000 over the course of a year. Youth are asked to commit a minimum of a year. Read more on the Roles and Responsibilities, as well as the Qualifications, in the Job Description below.

Application deadline is January 20th at 11:59 PM.