Youth Action Network
June Newsletter
The Santa Cruz County Youth Action Network (YAN) is a newly reformed initiative (formerly known as the Youth Violence Prevention Network) building a multi-sector collaborative of youth, adult allies, community partners, stakeholders, and youth-serving organizations across Santa Cruz County to increase youth voice and youth leadership in local decision making.
Youth Action Network Updates
Connecting with Congressman Jimmy Panetta
This month we had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Jimmy Panetta, where we shared our vision and goals for the Youth Action Network! Congressman Panetta was supportive of our next steps and is excited to collaborate with us in the future! We greatly appreciate his time to learn about how he can contribute to amplifying youth voices and strengthening youth-adult partnerships throughout our community.

And a special thank you to Emily and Isaac from the YAN Planning Committee Team for representing YAN and their partnering organizations, Friday Night Live & Aptos Community Youth Program!
YAN Jurisdictional Representation
In June, City of Capitola Mayor Yvette Brooks was appointed by Capitola City Council to serve as a Jursiditional Representative to YAN. In this role, she will support and advise the steering committee and network on local decision-making! We look forward to working with her and other upcoming Jurisdictional Representatives from across the county. 
" I have dedicated nearly my entire life to ensuring all children have the opportunity to thrive because I understand that investing in our youth will have a long-term impact on not just their future but ours as well. I am excited because this is an opportunity to continue my work and dedication to our community. In my time with YAN, I hope to encourage and inspire other jurisdictions to dedicate resources and their time, just as the City of Capitola has. We need to focus on the whole family in our Communities and that begins with our youth. Thank you again for the opportunity to be part of the team. It is an honor to continue my work through United Way's Youth Action Network."
๏ปฟ- Mayor Yvette Brooks
Interested in becoming a YAN General Member and learning more about the roles & responsibilities: click here
Youth Voice & COVID-19 Vaccine
Youth Leaders are leading the way in COVID Youth Vaccine Outreach!

Youth Leaders Lupita Rojas (from Food What?!) and Amoriah Perez (from Teen Salud), along with Doron Comechero and Dr. Faris Sabah shared their outreach and vaccine awareness work during a CORE Coffee Chat at the beginning of June!
Follow these links below for the recording & slides:
  • Bilingual slides (attached)
  • Video recording in English and Spanish โ€“ please share with other youth (or people who work with youth)!
Empower Youth Watsonville hosted a Youth-Led Vaccine Clinic

On June 7th, the Empower Youth Watsonville Team held a youth-led vaccine clinic for youth at Watsonville High School! Huge shout out to all the youth that were involved in the event and inspiring others to stay safe this summer!
Youth-Led COVID Vaccine Informational Booth

Tuesdays 2:00-6:00 pm
6/29, 6/7 & 7/13 at El Mercado at Ramsey Park!

Youth from Jovenes SANOS & Empower Youth Watsonville will be supporting a fun COVID Vaccine informational booth at El Mercado. There will be gift card giveaways, prizes, a photo booth & ways to sign up to get your vaccine!

Stop by and visit the booth!
~ United 4 Youth Corner ~
United 4 Youth Live Oak: Summer Resource Fair
Interested in learning more about what resources the United 4 Youth Partners in Live Oak provide? Check out their resource Fair!

When: Saturday June 26, 1:30-4:00pm

Where: 1975 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz

Resources available for children & families, mental health, financial, health, senior services, education, general community services.
Community Events & Opportunities
Juneteenth Celebrations
"Juneteenth is a special day for anyone who believes in freedom and equality for all people."

Check out the links below to learn about all the amazing events that are taking place this weekend to celebrate Juneteenth!

Pride Celebrations!
There are so many amazing events this year to celebrate pride month!
Check them out, by clicking the following link: click here



๏ปฟUpcoming Events Include:
* 1pm - Louden Nelson Center and Laurel Park. 
* SubRosa Event in evening.   
  • June 20 (Sunday) - Black Queer Liberation and Juneteenth Celebration. 1pm. MidTown area next to the Diversity Center. Details TBD.
  • June 26 - 7:00 pm - 24th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards Encore Presentation, sponsored by the Queer Youth Task Force. Online Event. www.QYLA.org
  • June 27 - 2:00 pm - 2nd Annual Celebration of LGBTQIA+ High School, Junior High, and Middle School Graduates, sponsored by the Safe Schools Project. Online Event.
Positive Discipline Community Resources: Baila y Brunch
๐’๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐‰๐ฎ๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”๐ญ๐ก ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ-๐Ÿ๐ฉ๐ฆ
Pinto Lake County Park, Watsonville (in their newly renovated pavilion!)

๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜›๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜™๐˜š๐˜๐˜— ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ!
You can support with a $25 ticket on the Eventbrite or use code ๐™‹๐˜ฟ๐˜พ๐™ for a $0 ticket to donate at the door: click here to register.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County: Toss for Kid's Sake
Check out Big Brothers Big Sisters Toss For Kid's Sake event! There will be Corn Hole (also known as bean bag toss) and FUN on Saturday, June 26th, 2021 at Harvey West Park.

Follow this link to sign up and learn more: click here
Youth Leadership and Learning Opportunities
We Belong Project
The We Belong Project is looking for local immigrant families that are interested in sharing their experiences and stories with the UCSC research team led by Professor Steve Mckay.

Families will spend 30-120 minutes answering questions via Zoom or Phone and receive a $30 Safeway gift card. All answers will be confidential.

Follow this link to sign up or share with someone you know: https://forms.gle/4ZGRqMN75o19URvn8

Questions? email: webelongscc@gmail.com
International Summit on Student Voice
Join the 2021 Summit for two days of training and conversation on what student voice is, how it affects you, and how to organize!

Dates & Times:
Thu, Jun 24, 2021, 10:30 AM โ€“
Fri, Jun 25, 2021, 2:30 PM PDT

Follow this link to register and learn more: click here
Alcance Pop-Up Virtual Job Fair
Join this online event on Wednesday, June 23rd from 2:00-4:00pm. Employers from across the county are hiring youth and adults!

Register by following this link: click here
Adult Ally Learning Opportunities
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Parent Power: Bullying Prevention
Adults Only
June 30, 5:30-6:30pm via Zoom

Register by following this link: conta.cc/3pOvniv

Learn ways to help kids and teens stay safe from bullying online and off. Skills include how to prepare youth to:
  • Act aware, calm, and confident
  • Deal with peer pressure, shunning, and exclusion
  • Spot and address signs of bullying before they become long term issues
  • Set, respect, and protect boundaries
  • Make safety plans to deal with harassment, threats, and teasing
  • Self-advocate and ask for help
Interested in sharing upcoming community events or youth opportunities?
๏ปฟWe would be happy to include them in our future newsletters!


๏ปฟYouth Action Network
๏ปฟCoordinator

Amanda Gamban


4450 Capitola Rd, Ste 106
Capitola, CA 95010

PHONE | [831.479.5466]
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