Youth Leadership Program

Casa Youth Shelter’s Youth Leadership Program (YLP) provides peer-to-peer and community-based outreach, while also developing leadership skills and fostering community engagement in young people. The program is designed for high school students and offers personal growth through community service, volunteer activities, and public awareness.


Since 2011, YLP has been an official chapter with the Orange County Department of Education Friday Night Live program. In 2016-17, YLP was honored as a Chapter of Excellence.


Peer support

YLP members are trained on important issues facing their peers and encouraged to become resources for those who seek help.


Social Conscience

Our program encourages young people to become valuable contributing members of their community, stressing the importance of giving back and making an impact. Community activities vary and include monthly visits to local motels serving as homes to families on the brink of homelessness.


Prevention Activities

YLP members participate in activities where they can spread awareness on substance use, homelessness, healthy dating relationships, and other concerns.


Special and Signature Events

YLP members assist during Casa Youth Shelter events like our Open House and our annual gala, as well as local community events like the City of Los Alamitos’ Winter Wonderland, Trunk or Treat, and more.


YLP members organize and facilitate two annual signature events: an annual Youth Leadership Conference, formatted like a professional business summit, and Reality Party, a simulation of a teen drinking party. Members are involved in every aspect of the planning process including sponsorship solicitation, venue selection, making arrangements for keynote speakers, processing evaluations, and more.



YLP members champion many important issues facing youth today. Members then educate, advocate, and collaborate with local community members to spread awareness.


Membership Requirements

Membership in YLP is open to any youth in high school who has made a commitment to a safe and sober lifestyle. Former shelter residents must wait 6 months after clinical services have ended before submitting an application.


We love bringing in new YLP members! To apply, please complete and submit the form below and a member of our staff will be in touch with you shortly.


Become a Member of Casa Youth Shelter’s Youth Leadership Program