Solano Youth Development Summit
The Solano Youth Development Summit (YDS) is a "free" weekend experience ideal for high school youth who desire to learn how to develop strategies that make a positive impact in their community. This innovative summit will empower participants through personal and professional leadership training to improve their programs, strengthen their teams, and influence lives around them. Participants will expand as leaders as they learn how one person can make a difference and how a collective group can create change.
The YDS provides a forum for youth to express their views on various issues while participating in activities to build alliances among diverse groups and foster improved communication between youth and adults. Through various workshops and general sessions, spectacular keynoters, participants receive firsthand experience in creating positive change in their communities and engage their peers to become actively involved. Some of the topics featured at the summit include:
- Tobacco use / vaping
- Alcohol and other drug prevention
- Mental health and stress management
- How to improve school climate
- Violence prevention
- Health and nutrition
- Successful project planning
The YDS is designed for an adviser to accompany 4-6 high school-aged youth associated with a club or program residing in Solano County.
In addition to learning how to create change, participants are encouraged to implement a project where they use the skills that they learned at the summit and put them into action.
Clubs and youth groups the opportunity to apply for funding to help implement their strategic plan once developed at the conference. Youth will not only leave the summit empowered but will also have support to create positive change on their campus or in their communities.
This is a great opportunity for participants to learn how to implement effective projects in their school and community.
Round trip transportation is included. There will be three designated pickup locations on December 6th and drop off locations on December 8th which will be identified in the cities of Vallejo, Fairfield, and Vacaville at a later time.
The Youth Development Summit is a made possible through a partnership formed by Solano County Office of Education’s Youth Development Department with the Solano Youth Coalition, Solano County Public Health, Fighting Back Partnership, Kaiser Permanente, Vacaville Police Department’s REACH Coalition, the Solano Family Justice Center and Solano Youth Voices.