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Mission Statement

Engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities by providing opportunities to participate in safe, healthy, and intergenerational programs that prepare youth for successful citizenship.



Contact Information

Youth Development Department

Ken Scarberry
Director of Youth Development
(707) 646-7603

Johanna Nowak-Palmer
Program Manager
(707) 646-7608

Rebecca Floyd
Project Coordinator
(707) 646-7602

Lori Harris
Secretary Program Analyst
(707) 646-7601

Jena Brateng
Youth Activities Specialist
(707) 646-7606

Gavyn Leavens
Youth Activities Specialist
(707) 646-7604

Jordan Winkfield
Youth Activities Specialist
(707) 646-7607

Youth Development Services

Who Are We?

Youth Development Services (YDS) coordinates several countywide and regional programs and events for students, educators, and community partners. We provide opportunities to engage youth as active members of a community through safe and healthy programs that enhance self-esteem, achieve academic excellence, and learn teamwork and good citizenship.  YDS events are resources to encourage and motivate student learning, schools participate to build school spirit and spotlight the achievements of their students. YDS provides leadership, assistance, and coordination to support opportunities for students and educators in furthering their education in prevention, advocacy, and student support. All programs undergo annual evaluations and reviews to ensure they are effective, engaging and meaningful for all participants.

Meaningful youth engagement views youth as equal partners with adults in the decision making process. Programs and activities are developed with youth, rather than for youth. For this equal partnership to be successful, both adults and young people need to be fully engaged, open to change and how things are done, and share a unified vision for partnership.

Programs that are developed in partnership with youth are more likely to be effective at engaging the population and, therefore, have a greater impact. Additionally, empowering youth to identify and respond to community needs help them become empathetic, reflective individuals and sets them on a course to potentially continue this work in the future.

These student action groups create projects and develop campaigns to help negate the risk factors students face in their lives. Risk factors are conditions which increase the likelihood of an individual engaging in destructive behaviors. The conditions underlying the problems of alcohol and other drug use, teen pregnancy, delinquency, violence, depression, school attendance and school drop-outs are addressed using research-based programs in Prevention Education.

Prevention Education Programs:

  • California Friday Night Live Programs (FNL)  
  • Solano Youth Coalition (SYC)
  • Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE)

California School Climate, Health & Learning Survey (CalSCHLS)

The value of the CalSCHLS is harnessed when the data is used as a catalyst for positive change within schools and communities. To optimize school reform efforts, the county uses CalSCHLS data to gain a thorough understanding of the scope and nature of student risk behaviors, assets (resilience), and supports, and then make sound decisions about allocating resources and programming.

California Youth Tobacco Survey (CYTS)
The California Youth Tobacco Survey is a large-scale, in-school student survey of tobacco use conducted among middle and high school students used to assess behavior and attitudes regarding tobacco usage.

Solano Friday Night Live (FNL) Youth Development Survey
The Solano Friday Night Live Partnership uses the FNL Youth Development Survey to evaluate four aspects of Solano FNL programs: assessing the application of evidence-based youth development practices; addressing the program requirements; building local evaluation capacity; and emphasizing continuous program improvement. The Friday Night Live Youth Development Survey measures the progress of FNL.