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!
PRESS RELEASE City of Woodland
300 First Street
Woodland, CA 95695
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE #1
Subject : Yolo Youth Rally!
Contacts : Rhea Fabricante, Teen Services Librarian, City of Woodland Public Library, 5306615988, firstname.lastname@example.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
TAB members, pictured from left to right; Sydney, Armando, Claudia, Anoushka and Roshelle, gave a presentation on the Yolo Youth Rally last night at the Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting at Woodland’s City Hall Chambers.
Each of them spoke about the purpose and goals of the Rally.
There are plenty of things that teens want and need to to learn about, but don’t get a chance to. The Yolo Youth Rally will provide the opportunity for teens to learn in high school.
Armando covered: What is it? Who is organizing it?
Sydney covered: Who created the flyers? Who is it for?
Claudia covered: What will happen? Why are we doing this?
Anoushka covered: Who is paying for it? When and Where?
Roshelle covered: Where do you register?
And everyone answered the question: Why should all teens attend?
We prepared right before the presentation and each teen gave a confident and thoughtful answer.
The Parks and Rec board members were very enthusiastic and willing to help promote the event throughout the city.
Thanks everyone and don’t forget to register!
Written by Armando, age 17 & Claudia, age 16
We first heard about the Teen Advisory Board through some friends at school and we decided to spend some of our summer volunteering at library events. Through this volunteering is how we first found interest in joining TAB. We attended our first meeting about two weeks ago and met existing TAB members. In this particular meeting Rhea, the teen services librarian, first introduced the Yolo Youth Rally and the Yolo County Elections Bash. TAB members Amber and Sydney volunteered to make posters for the events.
For those further interested in planning the events, a follow-up meeting was held. In this meeting we brainstormed ideas for the life skills portion of the Yolo Youth Rally. The life skills we talked about included resume and interview skills, conflict resolution, financial literacy, automotive maintenance, and self-defense. The idea behind these life skills and the Yolo Youth Rally is that teens need and don’t often have the opportunity to learn things not taught in school.
At this same meeting, we also went over the posters that the other TAB members made. We reviewed the design and wording on the poster. We were impressed with the first draft of the posters but ended up making some crucial changes in wording. Throughout the entire poster process, we had to be very cautious of the connotation of the words we used because we couldn’t sound biased towards any one political party or give off the impression that we would be instilling specific political beliefs in attendees. Part of the message we are trying to send is that teens should be able to gather all the facts and form their own unique political ideas. We faced the challenge of trying to make the poster more concise while still offering more information. This planning board had the idea of placing a note on the poster that called attention to a specific measure that is funding this event. This measure makes use of tax-payer money by putting it towards the civil education of our youth. Essentially, the parents of the community paid in part for this event. In the end, we had a colorful poster that we were all proud to be behind. The theme of our poster is political empowerment.
After all this planning, we attended a meeting at the Yolo County Elections Office with Rhea and one other TAB member, Rosaamelia Cordova. At the meeting, we presented the Yolo Youth Rally poster and Rosaamelia presented the Yolo County Elections Bash poster. We received feedback on the design of our posters. Based on this feedback, we decided to make a male-oriented version of our Rosie the Riveter poster that had Uncle Sam instead, and to put more information on the Elections Bash poster. We decided to add a phone number alongside our website for contact information, and also as a registration tool for those without access to internet, and then also set a registration deadline.