Community Action Model (CAM)

Youth Participatory Action Research LEARN MORE

  • Stipend/Gift Card
  • School Credit
  • Community Service/Volunteer Hours
  • Authorship on Publications/Letters to the Editor
  • Transportation Reimbursement
  • Grant/Scholarship

The Community Action Model Youth Leadership Project (CAM YLP) engages Bay Area youth, ages 18–24, who are interested in improving community health and making a positive change in San Francisco communities. Through the program, youth identify the inequities in their communities — for instance, the high density of liquor stores and advertisements promoting unhealthy behavior — as well as their deep value and beauty, which is often overlooked, exploited, and erased by those in power.

As they develop the language and framing to share their experiences and confront damaging policies, systems, and environments, youth develop the tools to become powerful advocates for themselves and their communities. Following the yli model for youth development, the youth plan and conduct their own research, and work directly with local decision-makers to offer policy recommendations that improve conditions for the city’s youth.

Interested in joining?

The program is open to all transitional age (18-24) youth in the Bay Area. Applications are open in Spring (late February-early March). Participants are expected to attend a 1-day retreat in March, followed by weekly meetings throughout the year.