JYCA creates the framework for youth to design, develop and shape the content of the programming they participate in, the impact they have in their communities, and the culture of their community. We do this by taking teens and their capacities seriously.
In JYCA, we teach youth the skills they need to effectively lead: from facilitation, to curricular development; from tracking social dynamics, to active listening; from partnering with local movement organizations to selecting campaigns through consensus processes; from planning retreats to managing non-profit budgets. Jewish youth live at the center of JYCA and so the organization is vibrant, alive, powerful and innovative. Sometimes it's more challenging, but it is always more interesting, more inspiring and more engaging. And we prefer it that way.
JYCA offers three programs for high school aged youth. In the East Bay and on the Peninsula we run the Leadership Group in Training & the Organizing Group, and across the Bay Area we run Jews Against Marginalization.