Young Worker Leadership Academy

February 6-8, 2020 at UC Berkeley

What is the Young Worker Leadership Academy?

The YWLA is a fun, interactive, all-expenses-paid, 3-day leadership training for teens on workplace safety, rights, and responsibilities that takes place in 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.

  • 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 youth (ages 14-18).  You’ll work with your team to create a community project or event to promote safe jobs during May, 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.
Applying for the YWLA


Check out what previous Young Worker Leadership Academy teams have done:
YWLA Youth Mentors

Youth mentors are youth who have already attended a past YWLA and completed their community project. Youth mentors return to the YWLA to lead some of the activities for their peers, further develop their leadership skills, and help new participants plan their community projects. Watch this short clip on why you should be a Youth Mentor at the next YWLA!

Factsheets and Tools from Other States

Find more great materials at our Young Worker Websites page:

  • Health and Safety Information
  • Young Worker Websites: National/Federal
  • Young Worker Websites: Other States
  • Young Worker Websites: International
  • Youth Employment
Lessons from the Young Worker Leadership Academy

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. The guide explains how the YWLA works and describes, step by step, how we plan and carry out the YWLA and what lessons we have learned.

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), and the University of California, Los Angeles’ Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program. It is part of the statewide Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) administered by CHSWC.

The 2019 YWLA was supported by generous donations from:

  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • California Teachers Association (CTA)
  • CopperPoint Insurance Companies
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 12
  • Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA)
  • Pacific Compensation Insurance Company
  • State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC)
  • State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF)

Joselyn Delgado