October Newsletter
What is the Youth Action Network (YAN)?
The Youth Action Network (YAN) is a youth-led collaborative that focuses on addressing systemic barriers for youth to be supported, successful, and thriving.

(The mission, vision and goals will be co-created and developed once the YAN planning committee meets during the planning meetings.)
We plan to make the following shifts

  • Shift from adults deciding what’s best for youth TO centering youth voice and leadership to decide what is best for youth
  • Shift from siloed youth groups/youth leadership councils TO a collaborative youth network across the Santa Cruz County Community
  • Shift from the narrative that youth are disinterested and disengaged TO youth are leading efforts for social change
  • Shift from us (adults) vs. them( youth) TO building a shared sense of community & belonging

Results and Outcomes
(Results and outcomes are derived from the YVPN Strategic Plan which focuses on the 40 developmental assets framework for youth. )

  • Youth are life, college, and career ready
  • Youth are supported by caring adults
  • Youth are valued and have meaningful participation in their community
  • The community is culturally and racially aware and responsive
  • The community safe and thriving
Operational Principles & Components
Committed Youth Action Network Members
(Currently conducting outreach to other Youth Leadership Groups and Youth Advisory Councils. List subject to change.)
Youth Action Network Timeline
Interested in connecting with us and learning more about the Youth Action Network?! Send us an email!
Upcoming Events & Opportunities for Youth!
Watsonville City Survey for Downtown
"The City of Watsonville recently released a survey that aims to gather the community's opinion, questions, concerns and dreams about the city's downtown corridor".

This is an awesome opportunity for youth to share their ideas and vision for downtown!

Pumpkins 4 BIPOC Youth
BIPOC Liberation Collective is still looking for pumpkin donations for their Trick or Treat drive through event on Oct 30th for Calabasas Elementary School in Watsonville!

They are also accepting candy and looking for volunteers for the day.

Reach out to Michelle to help out!
Candy Bags and Arts & Crafts for the Beach Flats Youth Community
Fuerza Latinx is hosting a social distanced event on October 31st for Beach Flats Youth.

They are accepting donations until October 28th!
City Rising: Youth & Democracy
Check out this awesome film, City Rising: Youth & Democracy! This film follows the stories of youth leaders, allies and organizations in California as they challenge institutional and systemic issues through civic engagement.

Watch now by following this link: click here
Interested in sharing opportunities for youth? Feel free to send them to us and we can share them in our monthly newsletters.

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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