STEAM: Youth Leadership Program Applications

Virtual leadership opportunity for teens
August 31, 2023

Are you 14 to 19 years old and ready to earn money? Want to gain leadership skills that will get you ready for your next job (or make you even better at the one you already have)?

A smiling teen wearing a blue plaid flannel shirt, jeans and sneakers and white headphones sits on the floor by their bed with a silver laptop on their lap.Apply for the STEAM: Youth Leadership Program, which takes place virtually October 23 – November 17, 2023. Participants who complete the program will receive a $500 stipend. This program is open to Sacramento County residents only. 

Applications are now closed.   

About STEAM: Youth Leadership Program 

Join a cohort of 12 teens and learn new skills through a series of virtual professional development workshops. Cohort members will lead a series of virtual conversations with teens and Indigenous, Black, and Latinx STEAM professionals about their personal journeys and success in STEAM career fields.

Participation Requirements

Youth leaders will participate via Zoom in three 90 minute professional development workshops, one 90 minute rehearsal session, and six 45 minute teen conversations. All cohort sessions will start at 4:30 p.m. Cohort prospects must be available from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to attend sessions, collaborate with other members, and participate in the STEAM conversation series. Participants are required to attend all sessions to receive the full $500 stipend. 

Professional development sessions will take place on October 23, October 30, and November 6 and will focus on:

  • youth voice and leadership
  • academic and technological advancement
  • workplace preparedness 

Practices sessions and the six teen-led conversations will be scheduled during the week of November 13. Each conversation will pair two youth cohort participants to lead the conversation with an Indigenous, Black, and Latinx STEAM professional. All conversations will be hosted through Zoom, recorded, and aired at a future date on the Library's website, YouTube channel, and social media channels.


This program is a part of the Indigenous, Black, Latinx in STEAM grant project and is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.