Now Accepting Early Decision Applications: The 2021 Ed100 Online Summer Academy for California Student Leaders

by Jeff Camp | December 6, 2020 | 7 Comments
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A Conference for Student Leaders

California's student leaders are essential — now more than ever. The Ed100 Academy for California High School Student Leaders is an online summer conference that prepares California high school student leaders with the knowledge and connections they need to make a difference in their school, in their community and beyond.

Apply now for early decision and attend free.

We invite California's high school student leaders to join together at the Ed100 Online Academy for Student Leaders, a virtual conference for students who either serve in leadership roles or aspire to do so. Examples include service:

  • on a school site council or ELAC
  • on their school board,
  • on a PTA board or nonprofit school organization
  • in other student led or student-focused organizations

Leadership comes in different forms and styles, and we take a broad view.

Early decision applications for this conference are being accepted through Feb 14, 2021. If you apply early, we guarantee there will be no fee to participate.

Student Leaders Ask: Why Should I Apply?

You don't want to miss this conference. It will put you "in the same room" with California experts and leaders who have deep experience and context. You will learn from them directly, with the opportunity to ask your own questions. California's education system is complex: they will help you untangle it so that you can make a difference.

To help you translate what you learn into action, a key goal of this conference is to connect you with amazing, inspiring organizations that need and want your help. The timing of this conference — the beginning of summer — is quite intentional: it will leave you well-positioned to connect with other rising student leaders ahead of the school year so you can do more together and make a difference.

Participating in this conference may also serve as evidence to help you add something new to your resume: the California Certificate of Civic Engagement, a new endorsement currently under development.

Friends of the 2020 Ed100 Student Academy

The Ed100 Student Academy debuted in 2020.

Speakers and Sessions

Speakers and sessions for the 2021 Ed100 Academy have not yet been announced. However, you can learn a great deal about the 2020 conference here:

Learn More About the 2020 Ed100 Academy for California Student Leaders

Program Guide:

Speakers and Sessions


The Making of the Academy

Day 1:

Education and Equity

Day 2:

Developing Informed Student Leaders

Day 3:

Think Big and Learn from History

Day 4:

Working Together

We Need Your Help

Getting the word out to every high school is really hard. We are starting early because we are serious about making this conference inclusive. Here’s how you can help:

  • Please share this post directly and individually with student leaders in your high school community, including students from each grade level. We are happy to accept applications from students currently in 8th grade who want to begin their high school experience ready to serve as leaders.
  • Sometimes students need encouragement to realize their leadership potential. Administrators, counselors, PTA leaders and peers can help a great deal by individually nominating students to apply. To nominate a student, send them a message like this:

Hundreds have already applied for this conference. Last year, over a thousand students applied. Hundreds of schools were represented — but hundreds were also left out. This year we have selected a small team of student Outreach Ambassadors to reach out personally to every school. If you want to be connected to your outreach ambassador, please contact

We are actively seeking donations and sponsors. If this project speaks to you and you want to support it, please email us:

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Jeff Camp June 16, 2020 at 6:01 pm
Very excited that this conference will include Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP), ACLU of Southern California, and the California Student Board Members Association (CSBMA). We will announce more soon about how student leaders attending this Academy will have the opportunity to connect with organizations in ways that extend beyond the conference.
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Jeff Camp June 9, 2020 at 12:17 am
Welcoming two more organizations to the team supporting the Ed100 Summer Academy for California Student Leaders! The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) is America's largest umbrella organization for school leaders. Californians for Justice is a statewide youth-powered organization fighting for racial justice.
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Anna Meza June 8, 2020 at 12:54 pm
The Summer Academy sounds like a great opportunity for students to learn and connect with each other over issues that are important to them. Thank you, Ed100, for making this opportunity accessible to all students.
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Jeff Camp May 27, 2020 at 6:41 pm
Proud to welcome another great partner organization: Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDE Foundation) works as a trusted partner with state education leaders and entities to create, resource, and implement solutions that result in a strong and valued public education system that serves every student in California.
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Jeff Camp May 21, 2020 at 10:35 pm
Another partner added: Children Now, leader of the Children's Movement of California.
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Jeff Camp May 14, 2020 at 2:10 pm
New partner added: Inside California Education, the premier public education TV series, produced by PBS-KVIE and broadcast on all public stations throughout the state. All shows from the first several seasons are also available online at
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