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San Joaquin County Justice System
Youth Leadership Academy

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Open to all high school students, this one-of-a-kind program provides students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning opportunities to develop both personal and professional leadership development skills. This program is designed to motivate and inspire the next generation of San Joaquin County leaders - young adults who are thoughtful, ethical, service-oriented and ready to make a positive impact on our community. This program is operated by the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office, in coordination with the Superior Court, Public Defender's Office, and San Joaquin County Bar Association. 

The Academy is now being held via Zoom meeting. Please make sure to include your email address when filling out the application in order to receive the room code and password. Login information will be sent to you via email the day before the Academy begins. Please do not share the code as we have a limited amount of seats available.

Applications are now being accepted! Email to YLA@sjcda.org or send via mail to YLA c/o District Attorney, 222 E Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA 95202.


2019 Youth Leadership AcademyWhat are the dates of the program? 

The Youth Leadership Academy is now being held year-round! 

What is the schedule? 

Virtual classes are every third Saturday of the month at 11 AM 

What does the program entail?

Virtual classroom instruction by justice system professionals, including criminal law and procedure, alcohol and traffic laws, career assessment tools, substance abuse, teen dating violence, domestic violence, child support laws, gangs, cyber-bullying and social media, the long term importance of education and other relevant topics.

Who participates in the program?

Last year, we had 30+ students from 19+ area high schools which included Lincoln, Linden, Lodi, Manteca, Stockton, and Tracy Unified School Districts, St. Mary’s High School and a student from Mountain House. This program is inclusive of all students, and is not limited by GPA performance. The program is open to ALL high school students in San Joaquin County. All students, regardless of their academic background or career goals will learn and be inspired by the content of the program. 

Is this program fun?

Students not only attended every day, they did not want the program to conclude. Many of them have stayed in close contact with us even to this day! 

How will I get there?

Classes will be held via Zoom, so all you will need is a stable internet connection on a phone, tablet, or computer.

How many students can participate?

We can host up to 100 students.

What is the application process?

The application on the right may be printed and submitted via email or regular mail (email is preferred). Send it to YLA@sjcda.org .

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Please email YLA@sjcda.org.

Additional Resources for Youth, Parents, and Schools

To invite members of our office to make a presentation to your class or community group, please check out our Speaker’s Bureau:

If you are interested in a volunteer internship position, please visit: https://www.sjgov.org/da/volunteers

To check out some of our videos and presentations on human trafficking and teen dating, visit: https://www.sjgov.org/da/videos

A special Thank You to Kay Recede from Fox40 News for providing this video!