Justice Leadership Institute

What is the Justice Leadership Institute?

The Justice Leadership Institute (JLI) is a six-month academy on public leadership that educates diverse, progressive participants about social justice and public policy issues in our local communities, explains how local policy and government decisions are made, and teaches the working relationships between community leaders and grassroots social movements! 

Through the program, participants will learn about social justice and policy issues in our region and how to address those matters by navigating the local world of government to make an impact while staying grounded in their values. Program participants will also learn how to get involved and the working relationship between community leaders, organizations, and grassroots movements. 

This year, we're proud to share that JLI is cohosted by CAUSE, Future Leaders of America (FLA), MICOP, and the Fund for Santa Barbara.

How do I learn more?

If you’re interested in public leadership – or know someone who is – we encourage you to attend one of our virtual information sessions on May 23 or May 25 from 5:30PM – 6:30PM. In the sessions, you’ll learn about everything JLI has to offer, the time commitments and responsibilities, and what you can do following the completion of the academy. For more details and to RSVP for the information session, email Elma Del Aguila at [email protected]

Why is JLI so needed in Our Ecosystem? 

We understand that there are so many individual and societal barriers that prevent well-intentioned, progressive folks from even considering serving in public leadership. Institutional inequities, systemic racism, and misogyny faced by those with diverse backgrounds often deter us from having the leadership we need and deserve – and this is where JLI comes into play!  

CAUSE prides ourselves on building grassroots power, not just for today, but for future generations — we don't believe that anyone should be deterred from serving their community because of barriers to entry and lack of information.

How can I support CAUSE's values-led local leadership development?

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JLI is only as good as its participants — Please help us spread the word about this truly unique opportunity by sharing with and encouraging Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents with a commitment to social justice to apply!

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Help us cover the costs of administering this six-month program, by making a one-time or reoccurring donation today.
No amount is too small — or too large! — every bit truly helps!

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