YAN February Newsletter
Celebrating and Honoring Black History Month
The month of February is a time to honor and celebrate Black History and the Black Community! It is also the time to continue our work of anti-racism and addressing anti-blackness in our Community. The Youth Action Network plans to embed anti-racism in all of our work and support BIPOC youth by amplifying their voices.

Check out the amazing work being done by local Black Leaders throughout the Santa Cruz County Area. We encourage you to follow and support the following organizations this month and all year round.

Also, check out these other resources to continue your journey of learning about Black History & racial equity:
Youth Action Network Updates
Meet the Youth Action Network Planning Committee Team!! We are so excited to work with youth and adult ally coordinators from the following youth programs: Aptos Community Youth Program, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County, Jovenes SANOS, Santa Cruz County Friday Night Live & Salud y Carino.

From now until May, we will be co-creating the structure, focus areas, values, mission, and more!

We appreciate the planning team’s commitment to co-creating the Youth Action Network. After YAN is more established, we look forward to connecting with those who have expressed interest and more youth programs from across the county. 

We plan to share updates about our progress on Instagram & Facebook throughout these months. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!
Youth Check-In Questions Update
After convening community partners from South County, we received over 100+ responses from the youth check-in survey. Through this coordinated and collaborative effort from the United Way Community Impact Team, youth voice and feedback will be shared with community leaders in Watsonville. We plan to create a 1-pager, where we will share the qualitative and quantitative themes we heard from youth.

And a special thanks to the following organizations that participated in this effort: Community Action Board of Santa Cruz, Caminos, Jóvenes SANOS, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance Santa Cruz County Probation, Santa Cruz County Office of Education Student Success Program, Watsonville PAL, and Youth NOW.

While the Youth Action Network is still in the planning process, we look to support our partners in amplifying youth voice in local policy and decision-making.
Community Opportunities & Events
Alcance Youth Program Workshops
Alcance Youth Programs have developed virtual informative and interactive workshops for youth in the next coming months. This week they will be launching two workshops: Job Readiness and Intro to Starting an Instagram Business. Luna y Sol Familia Center hosts the Job Readiness workshop, and Student Success Program is hosting the Starting an Instagram Business.
ZOOM Meeting ID: 405 028 8545
Passcode: y5JAqw 
ZOOM Meeting ID: 405 028 8545
Passcode: y5JAqw 
Youth NOW Basketball Clinic
Youth NOW is hosting free basketball clinics for middle school and high school students!

Boys: M&W from 4:00-5:00pm
Girls: T & Th from 4:00-5:00pm

Sign up by calling 831-768-7998 or visit their website youthnowcenter.org
Encompass Transition Age Youth Program (TAY) 
They serve current and former foster, probation placement and homeless youth ages 15-24. The agency provides an array of programs and services including counseling, skill-building, and housing navigationAt its resource center, clients receive support with accessing bags of Second Harvest Food, fresh produce, hygiene supplies, and clothing. Individuals can call one of the numbers on the TAY flyer to make an appointment to drop by the resource center located at 530 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, Ca 95060. 
CORE Conversations: Health in All Policies- Strengthening the Equity Pillar
Join your hosts, Nicole Young and Nicole Lezin on Tuesday, March 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm for an extended CORE Conversation on Health in All Policies: Strengthening the Equity Pillar. In this CORE Conversation, co-hosted by the City of Santa Cruz, they are returning to the topic of equity and what it means to put the words and concepts of equity into practice. You'll hear an update from Tiffany Wise-West, Sustainability and Climate Action Manager for the City of Santa Cruz, about steps the City is taking to “center equity” as part of its HiAP implementation. Then, you'll learn about and discuss different types of power and how they impact decision-making in organizations and the community.

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

ACEs Session Building Community Resilience: What’s in our Soil
Join the fourth session of the Santa Cruz County (SCC) ACEs Network of Care Learning Series, Building Community Resilience: What’s in OUR Soil?, co-hosted by First 5 Santa Cruz County and CORE Investments Santa Cruz County. This bilingual, virtual event will build on the previous sessions, providing an opportunity for participants to engage in deeper discussions about how to apply the Center for Community Resilience’s Pair of ACEs framework and Building Community Resilience process across all sectors in Santa Cruz County.

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 11:45-2:00PM

Follow this link to register: click here
NEST Flight 2021
NEST Flight is a career development youth conference packed with inspiring speakers, hands-on workshops, powerful panel discussions and one of a kind networking opportunities --all crafted to help students propel their careers, no matter where you are in your job exploration!

Date: March 1st-4th 2021

Follow this link if you are interested in registering and learning more: https://www.nestflight.org/
Cannabis Impacts and Opportunities in Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz cannabis attorney Robin Bolster-Grant will lead a panel discussion on local cannabis issues, including licensing, enforcement, taxation, environmental concerns, and prevention of youth access to cannabis on Saturday, March 6 at 11 a.m.
Santa Cruz County has a long history of being in the forefront of the drive for cannabis legalization. Now that both medical and recreational cannabis use have been legalized in California, the hard work of how that will be implemented is just beginning. What effects will this burgeoning industry have on our county? Cannabis Impacts and Opportunities in Santa Cruz County takes a look at what the issues are and the benefits versus impacts of legalization.

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Virtual meeting via Zoom; free and open to the public.
To register, email rsvp@lwvscc.org

Presented by the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County
PVPSA Parent & Teacher Support Groups
Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance will be hosting Parent Workshops on Community Resources on February 26th!

Follow this link to learn more and to join the event: click here
Latino Role Models 2021 Virtual Conference
A free annual event for Santa Cruz County Students grades 6 to college and their families, featuring Latino professionals, college students, and information workshops. Presented in Spanish and English translation. Attendees are eligible for Prizes.

Date: Saturday, February 27th 9:30-1:00pm

Follow this link to register: click here
Women and Girls+ Climate Justice Forum
This forum will shed light on how the climate emergency disproportionately impacts girls and women and the essential work they do.

Speakers will explore the intersection of sexism, racism, classism, and other oppressions as they tell their stories of climate impacts, climate activism and building resilient communities, and working for social and environmental justice.

Date: March 3, 2021, from 3:00-5:00pm

Register here: https://www.regenerationpajarovalley.org/copy-of-climate-of-hope-2020
Share your thoughts on distance learning
Santa Cruz Local is producing a podcast series on distance learning and the state of education in Santa Cruz County. Fill out their survey to share your thoughts and input!

Follow this link to fill out their survey: click here

Youth Action Network Coordinators

Amanda Gamban

Gabriela Sanchez Ramirez

4450 Capitola Rd, Ste 106
Capitola, CA 95010

PHONE | [831.479.5466]
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