Are you a young person living in South Sacramento who has ever felt like your voice is not heard? Would you be interested in working with other people your own age to change your community for the better? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a youth leader? If you said yes to any of the above questions, the organizers of the Youth Voice Program at La Familia Counseling Center are looking for you.

The Youth Voice Program provides young people with the opportunity to develop leadership skills through community service projects, by learning how to influence system change, taking part in educational and career opportunities, and engaging in peer mentoring so that they become stakeholders in their own communities. Participants are also taught how to express themselves by producing digital internet content such as blogs, videos, and stories about their experiences.

In order to qualify for the program, you must be between the ages of 14-21 and reside within South Sacramento. Meetings are held every week on Friday at 4:00 at the La Familia Counseling Center on the corner of Franklin Blvd. and Fruitridge Rd. The first meeting will be this Friday, March 9, 2012 at 4:00pm.

The first group of Youth Voice mentors just graduated, and space for this year’s class is limited. For more information, please contact Youth Leadership Coordinator Apolonia Cortez at or call 916-452-3601.