Resources, Tools & Examples

Resources, Tools & Examples


Throughout this guide ILG references sources to learn more about youth engagement, workforce development and key takeaways for local government agency staff and officials. Additional resources, tools, examples and funding opportunities are offered in this section. 

Youth Development Resources

Engagement, Communications and Marketing Resources

Addressing Racism & Achieving Equity

2020 highlighted the systemic inequities impacting members of the BIPOC community and the historically disenfranchised. There is a huge opportunity for local agencies to engage with residents about these topics and there is a growing pool of resources from the state and philanthropic sector to address systemic racism and advance equity. Materials below link to organizations providing resources that can be used by local agencies to plan or implement anti-racism programs. Consider engaging an agency colleague who works on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and if one is not available a local community-based organization may be able to support your agency’s approach. 

Achieving equity requires an intentional approach, with a clear commitment to foster institutional change, improve trust and communication with under-resourced and disenfranchised communities, and comfort with shifting decision-making to empower communities. Resources listed below help provide examples of on how local agencies can begin to achieve equity, and demonstrate how the journey and success will be as unique as the community.

Examples of Agency Outreach to Youth

Funding Opportunities

Finding Funding For Youth Programs

Funding, or lack thereof, is often cited as a barrier to youth engagement. Many youth programs are typically funded by cities, counties and special districts in a variety of ways. Common sources of funding include general fund dollars, specific tax measures or assessments, government and private sector grants and in-kind contributions from private and non-profit sector partners.  

Workforce programs for young people may also receive support through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) through a local Workforce Development Board. California has 45 local workforce boards that staff and support youth workforce programs.  For a full list of offices and their websites, visit the California Workforce Development Board’s website.

Federal and state workforce dollars are often focused on opportunity youth or out-of-school youth that need supports and services to enter the job market. To support youth that have been system-involved, consider seeking support from county or state agencies connected to foster youth, court-involved young people or the county office of educations court and community school students. 

Civic engagement and youth leadership programs are often supported through general fund or special youth measures passed by communities. While not all communities have a youth leadership program at the city, county or special district level, those that do often focus on out-of-school experiences (after-school and summer) or limited activities that engage local school partners. Local governments can collaborate with private sector, community-based organizations and other agencies to create youth leadership programs.

Potential Funding Sources