Youth Action Community Leadership Course

Are you a high school student who wants to learn how to be  an effective advocate for yourself, your school, and your community? Join CCC’s YouthAction Community Leadership Course!

  • Learn how to conduct hands-on research, such as public polling and site visits.
  • Meet with government officials to discuss your ideas for improving New York City
  • Earn community service credit for school and college applications
  • Strengthen your communication and public speaking skills

The YCLC is a FREE 10-week course for high school students, which meets on Monday afternoons from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at CCC’s office located at 14 Wall St. in Manhattan.

For more info (other events/programs) and deadlines please check the website:

For more info contact Laura Jankstrom @ 212-673-1800 or

Downtown Art

Downtown Art works with teen artists to create original theater, music, and performance events and to champion the capacities of young people in a world which often dismisses their contributions.

If you’re a teen interested in acting, we will be bringing on new company members in January for our 2013 spring performances. Email Ryan at if you’d like to participate in a group audition. The auditions are informal and fun – you’ll get information about our projects and work on a scene with other actors.

Eligibility & Cost:
Company membership in 2016/17 is open to all young women, ages 13-18. No previous theater experience is required.

For details and to apply, visit

The application deadline is rolling.

Futures and Options: Internship Program

Futures and Options is a nonprofit career development and paid internship program for New York City youth.

The Core Internship Program is offered continuously throughout the year to juniors and seniors from New York City’s high schools. Private and nonprofit businesses are welcome to join as internship partners throughout the year, and represent various employment sectors – financial, small business, technology, real estate, retail and nonprofit. The interns attend monthly work-readiness workshops and meet for special career development and exploration field trips.

The Core Internship Program accepts applications on a rolling basis

Career Essentials Program offers students to participate in a series of workshops that focus on workplace readiness skills and career exploration.

Click here if you would like to apply for the Spring 2020 program.   

For more information, visit Internships

We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change.

INTERNSHIPS: is the premiere organization for teens and social change. Interning at is a great way to learn the ins and outs of the not-for-profit world, work in a fun and young office environment, and get great work experience. We give our interns tons of responsibility and are also known to have brownie bake-offs every once in awhile. Our office (complete with disco ball and Pac-Man machine) is located in Manhattan, NYC

General Requirements:
  • Able to travel to our New York City office
  • Committed to 3-5 hours of in-office work per week
  • Self starter – ability to work well alone and with others
  • Passionate about young people changing the world, committed to social change
  • Love the culture and can work with a quirky, close-knit team (we mean it!)
  • A great reference letter plus tons of fun, and a chance to work in a super fun and positive work environment
For more information, visit:
Stay tuned for Spring internships opening in October!

Bard College Young Writer’s Workshop

Young Writers Workshop: A three-week summer writing program for High School Students

Tentative Dates for 2017: July 9 -29

About the Young Writers Workshop
How to Apply
Tuition and Financial Aid
Responses from Students and Parents
Frequently Asked Questions
Samples of Students’ Writing

Eligibility Requirements
The program is open to academically motivated and socially mature students currently in grades 9-11. Admission is selective and is based primarily on the student’s application essay and an accompanying teacher’s recommendation.

Tuition and Financial Aid
The workshop is designed as a three-week residential program. The cost of tuition, room and board, and on-campus activities is $2425.00. Tickets for off-campus activities are available at group rates. Modest financial aid is available for students with demonstrated financial need.

Dorothy West Scholarship
Students of color with demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply for the Dorothy West Scholarship. This externally endowed scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and room and board. All others are handled as rolling admissions. A number of runners-up will also be chosen and will be eligible for lesser financial aid awards. Information about how to apply for the various scholarships will be included with your application materials.

There is no set deadline for applying. Instead, we do rolling admissions, beginning in January of each year. We continue to read applications and accept students until the program is filled. Usually this occurs sometime in May.

For more information visit

Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.)

Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) is a new youth development program that aims to empower young people, ages 14-17. to become community leaders and organizers. YO S.O.S. participants will join an exciting anti-gun violence movement within Crown Heights called Save Our Streets (S.O.S.), bringing the ever-vital youth voice to this pressing community issue.

Through a combination of experiential workshops and service learning opportunities, YO S.O.S. participants will develop a the skills needed for tomorrow’s leaders, such as community organizing, networking, public speaking, job training and real-world work experience. Participants’ youth development activities will be supplemented by one-on-one case management to provide additional services when needed. Participants who successfully complete the inital program components will receive a stipend and will be placed in paid summer employment opportunities.