Oct 16, 2009

Future Foundation Announces Youth Leadership Program

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, sponsor of Youth Congress for the past 25 years, has re-organized its youth outreach program. Beginning this year, the Foundation will present a Youth Congress Leadership Program patterned after the highly successful leadership programs for adults offered by some Chambers of Commerce in the region.

2009 Planning Committee Members

“Our objective is to help students in grades 9-12 develop effective leadership skills while learning more about their communities. We are counting on the knowledge they gain to help them become active members of their cities and give input to the agencies affecting their lives,” according to Pat Grant, Future Foundation trustee and Chair of the Youth Congress Leadership Program. The program will include a community service project chosen by the students.

The program provides a unique way to perform community service hours important for college acceptance, while introducing students to career opportunities. Areas covered are: Introduction to Leadership, Local Government, Law Enforcement, Health Services, Park and Recreation, Education, Human Services, and Business. Program sessions will be conducted by representatives from each of the above areas. Students will meet at the particular venue where the speaker works, such as the Sheriff’s station, school district, hospital, etc. Each session will be unique and will range from tours to discussions, presentations and more. All of the cities in the region will be participating. 

Meetings will take place from 4-6 p.m. every other week on Thursdays beginning January 7, 2010 and ending on April 15, 2010. There will be no meeting on April 1, 2001 due to Spring Break. An orientation/leadership meeting will be held on December 10, 2009 and a follow up meeting to choose volunteer opportunities will take place on April 29, 2010. Students are encouraged not to apply if they cannot attend all meetings.

Applications can be obtained from the student’s school office or at www.clvff.org. Information is also available from the CLVFF office, at 818-880-1054 or email clvff@juno.com. Notification of acceptance into the program will be sent to students by December 5, 2009.


  1. This is a fantastic program and I hope many students take advantage of it.

  2. I definitely want to register again this year but how is it going to be different from last year?

  3. HI Francesca,
    Youth Congress Leadership will really be different this year, that's for sure. We will visit each of the venues like the sheriff's station, hospital, city hall, school districts, etc. and have the people in charge talk to us. Each session will be like a mini-Youth Congress Day with opportunity for the students to interact and ask questions. At our final meeting the whole group will discuss a follow-up project just like we did in the past. I think we can handle up to 40 kids so get your application in early as we may fill up quickly. So glad you plan to participate.