LEAD California is pleased to announce the LEAD California– Youth Voice-Youth Vote (YVYV) program. YVYV is 4-month initiative specifically designed to support student leaders advancing service, service-learning and community engagement at member campuses throughout the state, focusing on voter engagement and youth voice.

LEAD California secured funding from an anonymous donor to select a special cohort of CESF Fellows in Fall 2022, to coincide with the upcoming elections in November 2022. Selected students in the YVYV cohort would focus their service on some aspect of voter engagement (ie, voter registration, voter education, youth- centered candidate forums) and youth voice (finding out what young people care about; providing opportunities for young people to be heard on issues, etc). All other components & deliverables of the CESF program would remain the same. 

For more information, contact Piper McGinley, LEAD California’s Associate Director.


Now accepting applications for the September 2022 cohort of CESF YV-YV Student Fellows.

Please download the Request for Applications. Application deadline has been extended to August 31, 2022.



This 4-month fellowship is designed to support 1 or 2 students on your campus who will either 1) provide direct service; or 2) infrastructure support; or 3) a combination of one and two (with all activities focused on voter registration and/or youth voice). Each campus that is selected to participate in the fellowship will designate 1 or 2 students to receive a $500 scholarship for personal or educational enrichment (per student, max. 2 students) directly from LEAD California. This is not a grant opportunity, and there is no matching requirement for this fellowship. 

Project period: September 1, 2022 – December 9, 2022. 


To be eligible to receive this scholarship, students must: 

  1. Be a full-time or part-time enrolled student (undergraduate or graduate) at a LEAD California member institution. International students are not eligible for this opportunity.
  2. Commit to serving a minimum of 35-50 hours during the program period. Hours may be spread out throughout the program period, or clustered within a shorter time frame. Service hours may be connected to a course, internship, practicum, or may be a stand-alone activity.
  3. Not be receiving alternate compensation for these service hours (ie, a student could not use a paid internship as part of this scholarship opportunity).
  4. Not have participated previously in the YVYV program.


Please submit one electronic copy of the application via email to: Piper McGinley, piper@leadcalifornia.org and include YVYV in the subject line of the email. To be considered for YVYV, applications must be received by LEAD California no later than 4:00pm on Wednesday, August 31. Campuses will be notified no later than September 2, 2022.

Only one application per institution will be accepted for YVYV. Application must be submitted by the campus’s community engagement director or other student affairs director with direct supervision of the students involved.

LEAD California seeks applications that clearly demonstrate how you will meet the required objectives through an application narrative (2 pgs max). Incomplete applications will not be considered for review.

Years of Programming
College + University Cohorts
Community-Engaged Student Fellows
Hours of service