The CA FWD Young Leaders Advisory Council is composed of Californians ages 17-24 from diverse backgrounds who are committed to intergenerational collaboration in engaging underrepresented communities with the policy-making process through personal narratives and data-based recommendations.

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Council News

Members reflect back on energizing work in CA FWD’s Young Leaders Advisory Council
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Departing leaders share their experience creating robust connections and engagement in policy work

CA FWD’s Young Leaders Advisory Council aims for bigger impact on state’s challenges
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As YLAC prepares to recruit a fourth cohort, the Council looks to establish a larger youth presence in policy development and more across the state

Making Her Way into the Room to Represent California’s Rural Communities and Students
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Once the first transfer undergraduate UC Student Regent, Alexis Atsilvgi Zaragoza now works to connect communities through rural economic development

CA FWD Young Leaders Advisory Council Welcomes New Members for 2022-23
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Council introducing 12 new members to the dynamic group of policy-focused young leaders

PolicyWise Podcast

PolicyWise S3 E17: Podcast Says Farewell to Founding Co-Host Michael Wiafe
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Departing co-host takes a look back at the podcast’s conversations aimed at getting young people involved

PolicyWise Podcast: Madera Youth Talk About Pandemic’s Impact on Community
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Six young people discuss their pandemic and quarantine experiences in the Central Valley

PolicyWise Podcast: Fresno Youth Share Their Vaccination Stories
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In this week’s episode, two Fresno youth share their experiences getting vaccinated while living in an anti-vaccination household

The Young Leaders Advisory Council is a partnership between CA FWD and the Youth Leadership Institute