Watch California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s
keynote speech at CYDL's 2020 graduation

More than 600 youth have graduated from CYDL's summer program

More than 92% of CYDL alumni subsequently attend higher education

At least 18 CYDL alumni have pursued advanced degrees

Six CYDL alumni are members of the California Bar

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Read the story of an alum from 2013

and our year-end message

Hear California Attorney General 

Xavier Becerra's keynote speech

Hear Reflections of a 2020 participant

CYDL’s programs immerse East Bay youth who are first-generation and/or from marginalized communities in environments that might otherwise seem inaccessible: classes and activities on the U.C. Berkeley campus and internships in law, government and social justice offices. 

Our individualized support, social/emotional learning curriculum, stipends and ongoing mentoring enable the youth to flourish in these environments, and beyond.  Our participants also engage deeply with community issues that are relevant to their lives.       

More than 92% of our program participants go on to attend higher education!  Many also use our program as a springboard to civic engagement and careers in community service and social justice. 

See 2020 Program Graduation highlights
 and our 2019 Summer Program Yearbook

Our Programs

  • Summer Legal Fellowship Program: A full-time, two-month program including paid internships, classes on the UC Berkeley School of Law campus, law and social justice curriculum, social and emotional learning, and college and career development.

  • Mentoring: Participants receive guidance in their college and career pursuits, and in turn have the opportunity to mentor younger students.

  • Mock Trial Program: Diverse legal professionals provide intensive coaching and mentoring in high schools throughout West Contra Costa County, preparing students for an annual county-wide competition and fostering their academic skills, aspirations and self-confidence.

Hear one student's story in this short video.
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