New York State Youth Leadership Council

Leadership Development

19th century Italian revolutionary Errico Malatesta said, “Leadership development is about expanding capacity and recognizing that social change doesn’t just happen, it is made. It’s about the long, slow, patient process of building power with people rather than power over people.”

In an effort to build the political analysis and practical skills of members of your organization to enable them to build the organization’s base, fight campaigns, and build the organization, we offer trainings!

Below are descriptions of our day long trainings and their descriptions. If you would like us to host a training, contact us at

Get Active Training (4-5 hours):

Our Get Active Training is an introductory training on organizing for the Dream Act in your community, college campus or high school. Some topics covered in our Get Active Training include how to tell your story, how to conduct 1-1s and build alliances beyond your organization, how to conduct outreach and basic organizing tactics. In our Dream Act Get Active Training, trainers explain how to conduct grassroots lobbying and strategically target representatives and state senators to win passage of our current campaign the NY Dream Act.

Civic Engagement Training (5-6 hours)

Our Civic Engagement Training relies on the belief that immigrant youth and their families can become actively involved in the electoral process regardless of immigration status. The mission of this initiative was to encourage immigrant youth to educate and organize their communities to build power and impact the political process. Youth are trained about the history of immigration and citizenship, the political process, voter disenfranchisement ,  citizenship, media and basics to electoral organizing