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School-Based Youth Services (SBYSP), in partnership with NCADD of Middlesex County Inc., proudly introduces the Youth Community Leadership Academy (YCLA)! 

YCLA is a program that trains participants to become effective community leaders while they participate in the revitalization of their neighborhoods. Participants will receive training in:

  • Goal Planning
  • Problem Solving
  • Empowerment
  • Civic Process   
  • Community Engagement
  • Impacting Political Process
  • Self Reliance
  • Achievement



YCLA is an after-school program for Perth Amboy High School students.  It features a curriculum intended to educate and empower students to engage in civic process, so they can act as effective youth participant in community bodies that impact the revitalization of Perth Amboy. The program focuses on community issues important to teens.  Participants identify YCLA’s legislative priorities for the year, determine which community bodies students will seek to join, and plan YCLA activities to be undertaken independently of the community bodies. The skills acquired through YCLA programs empower participants to work within the community to effect positive change.  Youth work with local community bodies, and change resulting from youth participation is publicized on a bulletin board in City Hall.

The YCLA requires a two day per week commitment from participants. 

During the first part of the school year, participants receive training from NCADD staff and others which enable them to personally engage in Perth Amboy’s revitalization. During the second portion of the school year, YCLA students have the opportunity to become youth participants in various community bodies that impact public policy. 

Using the skills developed during training, YCLA students actively participate in efforts for positive community change, including the development of new policies for the city. 

Program members are empowered to identify the YCLA’s legislative priorities for the year during a youth-led Annual Community Planning meeting. Students involved in the YCLA work closely with local advisory committees, task forces, neighborhood associations, elected officials, law enforcement, and fellow Perth Amboy residents. 

The positive effects of youth involvement on Perth Amboy’s revitalization process encourages community bodies to continue to actively engage youth, encourage future employment and educational opportunities for participants.

All students who wish to participate must complete and return a consent form to SBYSP.

For more information, please contact NCADD by calling 732-254-3344 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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