Yolo Youth Rally Wrap Up!

The Yolo Youth Rally was a two day conference held at Woodland Community College on Saturday September 24th and ended on Sunday September 25th with students wanting more! Check out the student surveys yolo-youth-rally-surveys.

80 students from schools all over Yolo County attended the Rally, where they learned leadership and life-skills from presenters who volunteered their time to share the expertise and knowledge.

Leadership Skills: Rogelio Villagrana, Director of UC Davis Early Academic Outreach, and Rhea Fabricante, Teen Services Librarian at Woodland Public Library

The featured life-skill was How To Vote and the Elections Process with Yolo County Registrar of Voters, Jesse Salinas, the Elections Office Staff and the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, Don Saylor and Jim Provenza and the League of Women Voters, Evelia Genera and Mari Perla:

How to Knit with Nancy Bellamy:

Mindfulness Through Yoga with Minakhi Sarma:

Checking 101 with Travis Credit Union, Damian Alarcon & Omar Herrera:

Job Process with Friday Night Live, Angela Angel, Elena Jaime, & Estella De La Torre:

Everyday Leadership and Community Services with Stephanie Collier:

Self-Defense with Ramtown Karate:

Basic Automotive Care with Bowman’s Auto Repair:

Overcoming Stereotypes, Don’t Let Anyone Hold You Back with Jayne Williams:

Building Relationships Through Conflict with Elvia Garcia & Beckie Challender:

Sexual Health with Tessa Taft:


Navigating Community College with Joann Ramirez and Associated Students of Woodland Community College.

College Life, What to Expect Your First Year in College with Kimberly Campos:

Discrimination Against Latinos in WWII with Samuel Ortega:

Terrorism Issues with Dr. David Zuckerman:

How To Do Your Taxes with Patricia Maciel:

How To Be Environmentally Friendly, Bikes Can Fix That with Maria Tebutt:

Anti-Bullying Techniques with Woodland Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board.

Thank you again to all our Presenters and Volunteers that helped make the Yolo Youth Rally a success especially the Woodland Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board Members and UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Student Outreach Assistants, and to Maryam Irfan who coordinated the logistics (and so much more) and Wendy Avina who created the workshop tickets.


The Yolo Youth Rally was funded by: a grant from the California State Library, Woodland Public Library, Friends of the Woodland Public Library, UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program, Woodland Community College, Yolo County’s Friday Night Live, Yolo County Office of Education and Yolo County Elections Office.

More pictures from the event can be viewed here!




Official Press Release for Yolo Youth Rally

PRESS RELEASE City of Woodland
300 First Street
Woodland, CA 95695


Subject : Yolo Youth Rally!

Contacts : Rhea Fabricante, Teen Services Librarian, City of Woodland Public Library, 5306615988, rhea.fabricante@cityofwoodland.org

Maryam Irfan, Student Outreach Assistant, UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program,

Yolo Youth Rally! All 8th-12th grade students from Yolo County are invited to this free leadership conference happening on September 24 and 25. It will be held at the Woodland Community College in Conference Room 800 from 8:30 – 4:00 pm on both days.

The Yolo Youth Rally will provide students with many unique opportunities to become informed citizens.

Students will learn about voting and the elections process directly from the Yolo County’s Elections Office and Women League of Voters in a strictly non-partisan environment. Information will be presented in a neutral manner to create a safe space for youth to form their own opinions. Students will get to participate in a mock election using actual ballots and voting booths.

Jesse Salinas, Yolo County Registrar of Voters, will engage youth in conversations about the importance of voting and civic participation. According to Salinas, “Engaging and empowering our Yolo County youth is a sincere passion of mine. My goal is to encourage this diverse group to be active in their community and to ensure that their voices are heard both today and in the future.”

The Youth Rally features a variety of workshops and activities where students can learn about essential life-skills. Various organizations and companies are volunteering to lead workshops on topics such as the job application process, money management, conflict resolution, college life, sexual health, self-defense, and mindfulness through yoga.

Armando Castaneda, Teen Advisory Board (TAB) member, describes the motivation behind these workshops, “These life skills and the Yolo Youth Rally are what teens need, the opportunity to learn things not taught in school.”

Castaneda, along with other teens, designed and provided feedback for the Youth Rally Flyer that was distributed throughout Yolo County. The teens decided it was important to note on the flyer that the Youth Rally is paid for by tax-payer dollars, “So that parents are aware that they are paying for it and more teens attend.”

The Youth Rally was planned through the collective efforts of local teens from the Woodland Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board, Yolo County Elections Office, Yolo County Office of Education, Woodland Community College and UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program.

The registration deadline has been extended to September 21. Students are still able to get involved and register online at http://www.yoloyouthrally.com or by calling 530-661-5988.


City of Woodland
250 First Street
Woodland, CA 95695
p. 530-661-5980