Each CSTAC member will help build their local graduate network at their local YB. CSTAC members will be trained on how to organize and sustain a solid core of graduates for personal support, professional development, action and advocacy.
There are 40 YB programs and not enough federal funding to support them. The YouthBuild Coalition needs the help of the CSTAC on a campaign to get campaign to get major multi-million dollar state funding for California YB programs. CSTAC members will be trained on how to advocate with local and state officials.
CSTAC will be the face of the YouthBuild movement in the public arena by representing YB and opportunity youth at local and state conferences, events, commissions, and so on. CSTAC members will be trained on public speaking, telling their story of self, and facilitating workshops.
YOUTHBUILD California State Alumni Council
The California State Alumni Council(CSTAC) was developed to support the ongoing leadership development that is happening throughout Youthbuild programs in California. Over 1000 young people graduate high school and earn an industry of recognized certification each year through Youthbuild. Most graduates go on to college and others move on to work in meaningful careers. Leadership Empowerment Action Pathways (LEAP) is a new initiative from YouthBuild USA to expand opportunities for YouthBuild graduates. The California State Alumni Council was founded and by YouthBuild USA and the Knight Foundation three years ago in 2013. Throughout the councils existence, they have supported the Youthbuild movement and the youth in these programs as well as help the youth get the necessary tools and resources they need to help them succeed.