Young Worker Leadership Academy

January 29th-31st, 2015 at UC Berkeley


What is the Young Worker Leadership Academy?

The YWLA is a fun, interactive, all-expense paid, 3-day leadership training for teens on workplace safety, rights, and responsibilities that takes place in January or February. It introduces participants to service strategies (policy, education, media), and provides a forum for youth to plan service learning projects for their schools and communities to promote positive, safe employment for youth.

Teens Speak Out for Safety on the Job is a step-by-step guide created by UC Berkeley’s LOHP and UCLA’s LOSH to help other organizations establish their own YWLA.

Apply for the YWLA

Apply as a team:

  • Come to a fun, activity-packed 3-day leadership training for youth on job health and safety.
  • To sign up, form a team of 4 young people (ages 14-17).  You’ll work with your team to create a community project or event to promote safe jobs during May 2015, which is Safe Jobs for Youth Month. Your team must have an adult advisor who will come with you.
  • You’ll get an all-expenses-paid 2-night stay at a hotel in Berkeley, plus a $50 cash stipend after you complete your community project. Limited travel stipends available as needed.
  • Your team and advisor should complete and send in the application forms by November 3.
Fact Sheets and Tools from Other States

Find more great materials in our Young Worker Websites page such as:

  • Health and Safety Information
  • Young Worker Websites: National/Federal
  • Young Worker Websites: Other States
  • Young Worker Websites: International
  • Youth Employment
YWLA Alumni coming back to serve as YWLA Youth Mentors

YW Mentor Photo

Sponsors and Partners

The Young Worker Leadership Academy is a collaboration of the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC), the University at California, Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP), the University of California, Los Angeles’ Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program, and the California Center for Civic Participation. It is part of the statewide Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) administered by CHSWC. Over the years, the YWLA has also been supported by generous donations from: the California Federation of Teachers, the California Teachers Association, the Gordon, Edelstein, & Krepack (GEK) Law firm, Laborers International Union of North America, Pacific Compensation Insurance Company, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5.