The Leadership and Civic Engagement Development (LACED) program works to ensure the collective voice of underrepresented communities is heard. LACED trains and educates young people to take leadership positions on local government boards and commissions and to advocate for local decision making that addresses current social and economic challenges. By having community representation in local decision-making bodies — and, ideally, on the state level — there will be a direct impact on policies, procedures, and allocation of resources which will benefit marginalized San Diego communities.
Community engagement and leadership: Participants are trained on how to properly get involved in their community as leaders.
Political engagement and leadership: Participants learn basic national government political structure, government roles and responsibilities, laws, and policies.
Criminal Justice system engagement and leadership: In this section participants learn how the criminal justice system operates and how to get involved to support and reform.
Don’t just stand there. Do something!: Throughout the 9 week course participants must engage or attend a minimum of three actual civic events.
AN ADVANCED TRAINING CLASS SCHEDULED ONCE A MONTH FOR 9 MONTHS.