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Catalyst: NextGen is a four-month program focused on developing the next generation of engaged civic leaders and creating a diverse workforce that understands the role diversity, inclusion, and advocacy play in advancing our region forward.

The call for racial and social equity has sparked a passion in young adults, especially among young people of color, to engage with the issues impacting their communities.

During the four-month program, participants will:

  • Meet virtually and engage with community and business leaders

  • Learn about issues facing communities of color

  • Develop leadership capabilities

  • Learn to transform passion into community action

Discussion Topics Include:

  • Civic Engagement/Serving Your Community

  • Advocating for Change

  • Creating Your Brand

  • Implicit Bias

  • Workplace Skills


Participants are asked to commit to virtually attending (two) one-hour sessions a month with community and business leaders.


Each virtual session begins at 1:00 pm and is 45 mins - 1 hour

*** Times and Dates Subject to Change*** Please note the later start time for the first session.

  • Friday, August 21st

    • Topic: Kick Off/Welcome/Program Overview/Introductions/Q&A​

  • Friday, August 28th

    • Topic: Advocating for Change

  • Friday, September 11th

    • Topic: Creating Your Brand

  • Friday, September 25th

    • Topic: Implicit Bias

  • Friday, October 9th

    • Topic: Minority Representation in Leadership

  • Friday, October 23rd

    • Topic: Civic Engagement, Serving Your Community

  • November 5th-6th

    • Attend Internal Study Mission

  • Friday, November 13th

    • Wrap Up and Next Steps

Application Process
  • Must Submit Application by August 5th, 2020 by 5 PM

  • Receive a follow up email as well as next steps after submitting your questionnaire

Program Chair: NextGen: Cole Taira

Program Facilitator: Sydney Kushida

Please contact Sydney Kushida directly at, if you have any questions.



Address. 2331 Alhambra Blvd, Suite 100, Sacramento CA 95817


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 5387

Sacramento, CA 95817

Tel. 916.446.7883

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