The Phoenix and the Immortals: Eclipse aims to not only entertain youth but to teach them critical lessons about diversity, racism, and the importance of tolerance and acceptance. The novel, which centers on the story of a Native American teenager named Ben and his diverse cast of friends, weaves multiple morals throughout its pages, but focuses primarily on the lesson that true power comes from acting out of love, despite how tempting it may be to act instead out of hate.

One of Little Hawk Comics’ larger missions is to engage and educate youth, and Little Hawk Comics encourages you to volunteer and invest in our youth by clicking on and learning more about the programs below.


The Partners Program at the College Preparatory School bolsters academic success for under-resourced youth in the Oakland Unified School District. The Partners Program is free for all our students. Each summer, 100 students in the 7th through 9th grades gather on the College Prep campus for their academic and enrichment program.


California YMCA Youth & Government builds values-based leadership and civic engagement in California’s youth in order to strengthen participation in our democracy. They engage over 3,000 middle school and high school youth each year from across the state in programs emphasizing civic involvement.


The Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project (APYLP) conference provides a select group of 50 Asian and Pacific Islander seniors and juniors from public, private and charter high schools throughout California with a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process, community leadership, and political activism for free. During the four-day, three-night conference, students will participate in a Mock Legislature at the State Capitol that includes the election of peer legislative leaders, lively debate of current issues through the introduction of legislation, and the lobbying of bills during committee hearings and the Senate floor session.

Black Youth Leadership Project

The Black Youth Leadership Project (BYLP) is a non-profit, civic educational organization dedicated to developing the next generation of future professionals and public leaders in California. By functioning to extend knowledge of policy issues and policy-making through a combination of experiential and academic education, participants will gain firsthand experience in many aspects of the Legislative process including: Policy Development & Implementation, Public Speaking and Executive-Legislative Relations.


The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, Inc. (CLYLP) was founded with the primary purpose of preparing students to participate in California’s economic, social and political development. Their mission is to enhance and build the leadership potential of California’s Chicano/Latino youth to build communities and create a stronger more prosperous state and nation.

Year Up

Year Up seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. They achieve this mission through a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships.


The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for over 30 years. PPIA believes that our society is best served by public managers, policy makers, and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To achieve this goal, PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings.


The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized for providing 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California. Fellows in each program work for 10 – 11 months, receive health benefits and a monthly stipend and are employees of Sacramento State. They work as full-time members of a legislative, executive, or judicial branch office, and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.


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