“Over the past 10 years, I’ve witnessed the evolution of CalSAC. Building upon the progress of our founders and remaining attentive to the needs of the field, the organization has grown by leaps and bounds. Looking forward, I am thrilled to see CalSAC continue to grow as a leading voice in equity and leadership development as well as build the out-of-school time base by facilitating grassroots advocacy and training across the state. CalSAC’s unique spirit will also undoubtedly continue – one where people are at the center of our work, and children and youth are at the heart of our actions.”
— Esther Rosario, Board President 2015-2018

High Quality Training

From out-of-school time providers working in their first job to those making careers in youth development, everyone who works with young people should have access to high-quality training, ongoing professional development and a network that helps them succeed in bringing out the best in the young people they serve.  CalSAC provides a diverse array of high quality, experiential, interactive training and learning opportunities that build the skills and confidence of youth providers at all levels 

95% of training participants agreed that the content of their training was relevant to the youth they serve

93% of training participants gained useful tools to apply to their programs.

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"I have gained an immense amount of professional development and direction. I strongly feel, through the CalSAC Network, I have been able to grow and affect change in more ways that I had ever imagined. I am now a part of a community." - Jamie Smith, Pasadena LEARNs, Los Angeles County

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LDI Fellow

"The LDI program has lit a fire in my heart that motivates me to be a powerful leader of color.  Prior to LDI, I felt unengaged and indifferent about my future; I lacked direction and mental determination.  With the help of LDI, I’m now inspired and stimulated, to better myself and my community." - Jennifer Best, Mission Valley YMCA, San Diego

Transforming Leadership

100% of LDI Fellows increased their confidence as a leader, propelling career advancement.

Over 60% of Fellows have assumed more responsibility or been promoted into advanced leadership positions including Executive Directors, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, School Administrators and Boards of Directors.


Civic Engagement

Since its inception in 2004, over 2,400 out-of-school time professionals, families and youth have marched, rallied and advocated for out-of-school time at the California Afterschool & Summer Challenge.

93% of participants report that attending the event inspired them to engage in advocacy again.



“[It’s] really invigorating be in a space where other people care about the issues and to have access to state legislators to be on a state level. We work for advocacy at our school sites, at our organization, in our nonprofit coalitions, but when you actually get to the state [capitol], it feels real. It feels like we’re having a big impact.” - Cassandra Terry, Richmond District Neighborhood Center, San Francisco