Youth Fellows Program

An immersive, experiential, cohort-based summer program that engages high school participants in leadership skill development and understanding how local systems work. Youth Fellows will interview local leaders, participate in site visits to learn about how things get done in Southern California, and participate in small group projects that challenge them to engage with local stakeholders, practice their skills, and develop mentors and networks that will support their future career development.


Coro’s Youth Fellows Program (YFP) cultivates rising high school students to become active citizens who assume leadership roles in their schools and communities. Through Coro training and internship placements, the program increases Youth Fellows’ abilities in critical thinking and goal setting, ultimately giving them the skills to become effective and collaborative leaders. Coro selects a cohort of twenty high school students from across the Southern California region to participate in a rigorous six-week, full-time summer program. Using the city as a classroom, Youth Fellows engage in internship placements and learn by doing, developing the critical leadership skills that can only be gained through experience.

The YFP Six-week, full-time summer session consists of:

  • Three-week Coro skills, tools training, and application opportunities
  • Two-week internship with Coro seminars on Mondays
  • One-week group project featuring site visits, interviews, and public speaking opportunities
  • LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Participants will learn valuable skills and tools in setting purpose, how to give and receive effective feedback, and understand how to ask effective questions.
  • STRATEGY DAYS: Focused time designed to examine specific topics, institutions, and processes, and to discover strategies for leveraging resources, opportunities, and decision-making power.
  • ISSUE EXPLORATION: Participants are given exposure to multiple perspectives and ideas through which they deepen their understanding of the many complex issues leaders currently face and work to unpack the various competing interests that drive debates.
  • PEER-TO-PEER LEARNING: Participants will meet other high schoolers from around the LA-region who are working to become leaders in their own communities and schools and form close ties with members of their cohort through intensive training and peer consulting.
  • NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES All Youth Fellows will have exposure to mentors and Coro alumni through internships, interviews, site visits and Coro events.
  • INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL GROUP APPLICATION PROJECTS: Immersion projects give Fellows a real-world opportunity to apply the tools they’ve learned, practice individual reflection and feedback gathering, and analyze systems.

THE KNOWLEDGE Youth Fellows gain deep understandings of the different sectors and how they work together to make the city function.

THE NETWORK Participants join a network of over 10,000 Coro alumni across the country, providing them with access to cross-sector leaders who can help with academic and career development post-program.

THE SKILLS Coro training gives Youth Fellows the tools and mindsets to effectively problem-solve.

Coro Youth Fellows Will Graduate With The Capacities To:

  • Become a stronger leader
  • Ask great questions to identify a problem
  • Manage team members
  • Look at problems across sectors
  • Analyze a community by interacting with it
  • Understand how things work in Los Angeles
  • Make tough decisions
  • Create a career pathway
  • Give and take feedback
  • Network effectively
  • Identify people with the real power and influence
  • Effectively engage their schools and communities

Any current Los Angeles-area high school sophomore or junior who desires to seek growth in their abilities to lead, think critically, and navigate the civic landscape. Coro looks for participants who want to make a difference in their schools and communities and are eager to learn, grow and challenge themselves.

  • Current High School sophomore or junior.
  • Able to attend the entire 6-week summer program from late June to early August, 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday
  • Able to return phone calls and emails in a timely manner
  • Able to secure consistent transportation to Coro activities and internships
  • Payment of program tuition of $5,000*
    * Need-based scholarships are available. Please request financial aid when submitting your application, if this applies to you.

Applications become available in the fall for the following summer. Until then, fill out an interest form and you’ll hear from us.

The application is due in early April and must be completed in one sitting. Prior to working on the application, please review the Application Guide.

Applicants will be asked to provide demographic information as well as short answer responses and three essay questions. To give applicants time to prepare their answers before submitting the final application, essay questions are listed below. Applicants are also responsible for securing a recommendation from a teacher, coach, supervisor, or mentor (no family or friends). Recommendation forms can be accessed online here and should be submitted by the application deadline.

Essay Questions:

  1. Tell us who you are. You can describe your background, values, significant experiences from your past, and/or special hobbies/interests that have helped to shape your identity, values, and/or aspirations.
  2. What is the most challenging obstacle that you have had to overcome? Discuss the impact it has had on you and what you have learned from the experience.
  3. What are your reasons for applying to the Coro Youth Fellows Program? How will you apply your leadership training in your school or neighborhood community?

Tuition for the full 6-week summer session is $5,000 per participant. To request financial aid, please complete Section 4 of the online application. For more information about scholarships, email Jenny Vazquez-Newsum at

Note that students and their families will need to provide transportation to the venues for seminars, activities and internships. For the internships, Coro will do everything possible to try to secure placements near where the student lives to offset transportation time and costs.

Thank you to our Supporters