~August Newsletter~
Youth Action Network Updates
Apply to be a YAN Youth Steering Committee Member!
●Are you interested in learning about creating a positive impact in your community and connecting with youth from across the county? 

●Do you want to get involved with increasing youth voice and youth leadership countywide?

We are looking for 13 youth leaders from across the county to join the YAN Youth Steering Committee!

Deadline: September 3rd
YAN Youth-Led Info Session

We will be hosting an info session via Zoom with youth from our planning committee on Monday, August 30th from 6:00-7:00 pm. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the Youth Action Network and ask any questions regarding the Youth Steering Committee Application. Come hang out with us!

When: Monday, August 30th from 6:00-7:00 pm

Register by following this link: https://bit.ly/YANInfoSession

Those who register for the info session will have the chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card!
KSQD Talk of the Bay
YAN the opportunity to be on KSQD's Talk of the Bay Radio show on August 16th.

Youth Action Network Coordinator, Amanda Gamban, was joined by Natalia Galdamez, a freshman at Harbor High, and Andrea Magdaleno, a second-year student at Cabrillo College from Watsonville.

In the interview, we discussed how we are building the Youth Action Network from the ground up with youth, network members, and UCSC research partners. Natalia and Andrea also highlighted the work they are doing within YAN and the other programs they are involved in, Salud y Cariño & Jóvenes SANOS.

New YAN Jurisdictional Representative
We are excited to announce and introduce our newest Jurisdictional Representative to YAN, Councilmember Donna Lind! Donna was formally appointed by the Scotts Valley City Council and will serve as a bridge between youth and decision-makers to the Youth Action Network.

“I volunteered for the appointment because of my background including having started the City of Scotts Valley’s first Juvenile Program decades ago. I served as Juvenile Officer for several years and developed various programs with local schools and in the community. The Scotts Valley Juvenile Program received local and state awards for the excellent work done with local youth. I later supervised the Juvenile Program as a Scotts Valley Police Sergeant. I believe my experience as a police officer and with the Criminal Justice Council, can be of value to the work of the Youth Action Network.". -Donna Lind

Thank you for your commitment, Donna! We look forward to working with you!
Interested in learning who is a part of the network and how to join: click here

We continue to connect with partners who are committed to amplifying youth voices. If you are interested in getting involved or joining as a YAN General Member, please reach out to us!
Community Events & Youth Opportunities
Join Jóvenes SANOS!
Are you interested in joining Jóvenes SANOS? 

Jóvenes Sanos is a youth advocacy and leadership program based in Watsonville, California. We strive to empower, educate, and promote a culture of health and wellness among the community. If you are committed to growing a thriving community based on equity and justice, join us today! 

“Developing the youth leaders of tomorrow, 
by creating a healthier community today”

Register for more information: https://forms.gle/vJd8WnnVHiwiTgJ39
Santa Cruz County Office of Education:
Youth-Led Youth Leadership Alliance
The Youth-Led Leadership Alliance is an alliance of several different youth-led groups:
  • Queer & Trans Youth Council
  • Countywide Black Student Union
  • Youth Artists Talking Action
  • Youth for Environmental Action
  • Racial Equity and Justice Student Community of Practice.

These opportunities are open to students in Middle School & High School within Santa Cruz County.

To learn more, follow this link:https://linktr.ee/SCCStudentleadership
Digital Nest: NEST's People Project + Leadership courses
NESTcorps and E-Unit are courses that help youth develop administrative, event coordinating, marketing, and research skills. 

NESTcorps is a community-based research program where youth will learn research skills while also learning about a specific social issue that is prevalent within our community. We meet on Tuesdays from 4-6 pm over zoom and on Thursdays 4-6 pm at the Digital NEST (for those who are comfortable working in person). Check out our previous research!

E-Unit is an events program where members plan and host an event that ties the NEST to the wider community. We meet on Mondays from 4-6 pm over zoom and on Wednesday 4-6 pm at the Digital NEST (for those who are comfortable working in person).

Digital Nest will sign off on community service hours and/or those who qualify for Sueños can be paid by the Sueños program for the work they complete with the program.

For more information email: valentina.v@digitalnest.org
Luna y Sol September Workshops
Luna y Sol will be hosting a variety of different workshops for youth in September such as:
  • Job Readiness Overview
  • History of the Pajaro Valley
  • Job Readiness: Work Permits

For who: Open to youth ages 12-17

Where: 406 Main Street (1st Floor) Watsonville, CA

Contact Marlene to RSVP:
Outdoor Science School
Be a cabin leader and earn up to 60 community service hours!

This is a great opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills, have fun, and make lifelong friends!

The Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School is looking for high school volunteers to be cabin leaders during the 2021-2022 school year.

If you are interested, contact Laura “Sea Lion” Bakken at cabinleaderinfo@santacruzcoe.org or (831) 466-5716

The Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center is proud to co-produce an upcoming arts festival with Motion Pacific and Gerald Casel Dance, created to affirm, celebrate, and hold space for our Queer BIPOC community members: BBQueer Fest (click for more info!)

One of the events during the festival is a youth-centered program that they hope will be curated and performed by local BBQueer youth. Similar to an open mic, they are calling dancers, musicians, poets, speakers - creators of all art forms welcomed! They are able to offer a stipend of $50 to performers at this time. Pieces can range anywhere from 1min-10. Performers will only have to show up to the Tannery campus on Thursday, September 30th at 5pm to check in, and the event will be held from 5:30-6:30pm.

To apply/learn more, email: tanneryworlddance@gmail.com
Your Future is Our Business Mentor Opportunity!
Diamond Technology Institute, located in Watsonville, CA, is seeking positive, supportive, and committed role models for this upcoming academic school year..

The deadline to become a mentor is September 14, 2021!

For more information, please take a moment to view this video: click here

Questions? Email: yourfutureisourbusiness@gmail.com.
Interested in sharing upcoming community events or youth opportunities?
We would be happy to include them in our future newsletters!

Youth Action Network

Amanda Gamban

4450 Capitola Rd, Ste 106
Capitola, CA 95010

PHONE | [831.479.5466]
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