East bay Jyca

East Bay JYCA is our original program and has been operating for 25 years! We run an introductory program called LGiT and a program for returning JYCAns called OG. Read more and apply below!


The Leadership Group in Training (LGiT) is JYCA’s six month long innovative leadership training program. Youth may apply for LGiT in the fall of each year. The program starts in January and continues through the first week of June. 

LGiT Participants:

  • Attend Leadership Training Sessions twice a month (typically on Sunday afternoons from 3-6 PM) which introduce youth  to the skills and analysis they need be leaders for change in their communities and in social justice movements. Workshops cover oppression and privilege, racism, sexism, adultism, active listening and more.

  • Get a chance to bond with other passionate youth during two weekend retreats

  • Become community activists by participating in a social justice campaign chosen by the group

  • Meet amazing people and build a fun, supportive and inclusive community

  • Gain focused skills training in fundraising for social justice

  • Learn the secrets of games like “Toy Truck,” “Dead Fish Live Fish” and “Mutant Pterodactyl”

Got questions? See the FAQ.

Youth have the option to continue on by joining the OG after they've completed LGiT. Read more about the OG below.

Organizing Group (OG) 

The Organizing Group (OG) is comprised of youth leaders who have completed the Leadership Group in Training (LGiT). In addition to continuing to learn about oppression and privilege, the OG learns facilitation and leadership skills. They facilitate LGiT, take action for social justice in partnership with community organizations and do recruitment to get more young people involved with JYCA. OG participates in three weekend retreats packed with lots of fun and learning. OG runs from September through June each years JYCAns have the option to continue on with the OG each year that they are in high school.