YAN December Newsletter
Youth Action Network Research Meetings
The YAN Steering Committee has officially started its research team meetings with UCSC! The YAN Steering Committee will be working to identify a countywide community issue that is most important to them and conduct community-based research in partnership with UCSC undergraduate students from Professor Regina Langout's class.

This work is part of our larger partnership with UCSC to connect youth across Santa Cruz County to youth-participatory action research opportunities.
To learn about how we are partnering with them through the W.T. grant follow this link click here

To learn more about Youth-Participatory Action Research follow this link: click here
Everett Program's Youth Empowerment Institute Partnership
We are also excited to announce our partnership with the UCSC Everett Program's Youth Empowerment Insitute (YEI)! Several YAN Steering Committee members will be working with the UCSC YEI team to create workshops for youth by youth! The workshops will be decided on youth's interests and will integrate technology tools to support workshop topic interests.

To learn more about the Youth Empowerment Institute and its past work, follow this link:https://everettprogram.ucsc.edu/

We can't wait to share upcoming workshop dates with you in the spring!
MLK Youth Day
Thank you to the Resource Center for Nonviolence and Santa Cruz NAACP for bringing youth and community organizations together to celebrate the importance of MLK's legacy during their MLK Youth Day Event on January 15th!

We had a wonderful time connecting with youth, families, and community partners. Thank you to all the amazing speakers where youth learned ways to amplify their voice and be part of creating solutions for a healthy thriving and safe Santa Cruz County for all.

We look forward to being at more community events like this in the future!
YAN Youth & Adult Ally Survey
*Deadline This Friday 1.28.22*
The youth survey is open to youth ages 11-21 throughout Santa County. The adult ally survey is open to adults who work with youth and/or adults looking to include more youth voices within programs and policies.

  • We are looking for adults to share their experiences and barriers of collaborating with youth.
  • And we are looking for youth to share their experiences of where they receive support, participation in after-school & out-of-school programs, and interest in learning leadership skills.

Youth and Adult survey responses will be anonymous and will help:
  • YAN increase opportunities for youth to share their voices
  • Help strengthen youth-adult partnerships
  • Youth to become involved in local decision making
  • YAN collect baseline data, which we can use to improve youth well-being through youth voice and leadership

We have also added additional raffle prizes if you complete the survey! Youth now have the opportunity to win a pizza party for their class or out-of-school program. Adults can now enter to win a $40 Target Gift Card! 

Don't miss out! Fill out the survey by Friday 1/28!

To complete the surveys follow this link: linktr.ee/YANSantaCruzCounty
Scholarship Opportunity
Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County's Scholarships for Students, available to Santa Cruz County students. 

The deadline to submit an application for the 2022-23 academic year is February 4, 2022.
Youth Leadership Opportunities
Jóvenes SANOS Newsletter
Please feel free to read Jóvenes Sanos' 2021 Fall Newsletter!

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

If you are interested in joining, register for more information: https://forms.gle/vJd8WnnVHiwiTgJ39
Friday Night Live Youth Council
Do you want your voice to be heard? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you.

Join FNL Youth Council to play an important role in impacting the health of our community through policy advocacy!

Virtual Meetings Wednesdays and Thursday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Paid internships are also available.

Scan the QR code to sign up or contact Catherine @ (831) 247-6620
Digital Nest Spring Community Engagement Opportunities!
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. The spring session will be the 2nd phase where we take the research we conducted in the Fall, and create a plan of action to address the importance of having a culturally competent curriculum in schools, such as Ethnic Studies. At the end of the session, we will present the research and plan of action to leaders in the community, which will prepare us for the implementation stage during the Summer. We meet on Mondays and Wednesdays 4-6pm in person at the Watsonville Digital NEST, starting 1/31/22 to 4/13/22. 

E-Unit is an events program where members plan and host an event that ties the NEST to the wider community. Past projects include organizing movie nights, art nights, open mics, and escape rooms. This spring our focus will be MUSIC, what will our next event be? It’s up to you! We meet on Tuesdays from 4-6 pm in person at the Watsonville Digital NEST, starting 2/1/22 to 4/12/22.
Youth Advisory Board Opportunity
Transitional Age Youth is looking for youth between the ages of 15-25 to join a Youth Advisory Board to fight homelessness in Santa Cruz County!

Interested in joining?
  • Meetings are Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Monthly Stipends are provided
For more information email: YAB@encompass.org
Salud Para La Gente: Teen Advisory Board
Join Salud Para La Gente's Teen Advisory Board!

You will have the opportunity to:
  • Receive Community Service Hours
  • Gain Leadership Skills
  • Contribute to improving your community
  • Help Salud improve their Teen Services
  • Learn about community events
  • Learn about your healthcare options

Interested in joining? Contact:
Tania Guzman
831-728-8250 ext. 2922
Community Events & Resources
United 4 Youth Live Oak: Homework Club
The United 4 Youth Live Oak homework club is off and running with sessions held every Monday evening. Activities are distributed amongst all of the Live Oak program partners (Live Oak Community Resources, Monarch Services, Walnut Avenue Family & Women Center, and Yoga for All Movement) alternating days to ensure an array of resources are available to the participating Live Oak community.

When: Monday's from 4:00-6:00pm

Contact: Meridith Cook
Phone: 831-476-7284 ext. 104
Email: meridithc@cbridges.org
United 4 Youth: Homework Club Winter Resource Fair!
Join the U4Y Homework club food, fun activities, and community resources!

When: Saturday, January 29, 2022
Time: 12:00-3:00pm
Where: Anna Jean Cummings Park
461 Old San Jose Rd, Soquel, CA
Your Future is Our Business
During the YFIOB luncheon, they recognize and celebrate all community partners and educators who have dedicated their time to providing work-based learning opportunities and help students explore careers.

In addition, you will hear from students throughout Santa Cruz County, meet some of their scholarship award winners, and enjoy lunch prepared by Culinary Arts instructor Andrea Mollenauer and her students.

This year's event will be in person, following all CDC guidelines.

Date: Friday, March 18, 2022
Time: 11:30-1:30 PM
Location: Twin Lakes Church, 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos, CA 95003

To RSVP, follow this link: click here
Santa Cruz County Schools
Student & Family Behavioral Health Supports 

SIBHI (Schools Integrated Behavioral Health Initiative) and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education created a robust list of student and family behavioral health resources. Please follow this link to for Student & Family Behavioral Health Resources
Want to learn more about 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!

Youth Action Network

Amanda Gamban

Website: www.sccyan.org

4450 Capitola Rd, Ste 106
Capitola, CA 95010

PHONE | [831.479.5466]
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