CLIA develops young people to be leaders by connecting them to opportunities to amplify their voices, cultivate their skills, and actively participate in the process of positive community change.

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders and Advocates

CLIA’s Leadership Development and Advocacy training programs equip Baltimore City youth with the skills necessary to lead effectively and advocate for positive change in their schools, neighborhoods and city.

Changing Public Policy

CLIA leads the Just Kids Campaign, a statewide advocacy campaign working to stop the automatic prosecution of youth as adults in Maryland.

“When I joined CLIA I felt as though I was a lost child. Speaking in front of legislators brought out confidence in me that I never realized I had. CLIA showed me different aspects of life: A different way to walk! A different way to talk! A different way to dress! Even a different way to express my pain! With the support of CLIA I became a better me. I am honored to be a part of this organization.”

Natasha R.

Youth Leader, CLIA's Just Kids Campaign

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