Youth Empowerment Summit

 

The California Coalition for Youth will host the two-day Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) on April 24th through the 25th at the Embassy Suites Riverside Promenade. YES 2019 will teach formerly foster, runaway, and homeless transition-age youth on how to become change leaders in their communities and youth leaders on youth issues. Through the various workshops and meetings with California representatives at the State Capitol, YES participants will get firsthand experience in creating positive change in their communities and advocate for youth at the legislative level.

YES will feature an array of speakers, throughout the YES program, ranging from California State Senators, Members of California’s Assembly, to Youth Advocates and presenters from various levels of expertise and service organizations.

The Coalition’s annual Youth Conference (currently known as the Youth Empowerment Summit) has brought youth and youth advocates to the State Capitol for more than 20 years to teach, inspire and become advocates for positive change. At least 50 percent of YES participants are youth from all across California, many of whom are accessing community services, living in transitional housing or shelters and/or are a part of a youth development program.

Join our mailing list, and be alerted with all of the upcoming news about the Youth Empowerment Summit today by emailing, CCY External Affairs Manager, Jason Alviar at jason@calyouth.org.

Who Should Attend?

  • Transition Age Youth (ages 16-24)
  • Street Outreach Workers
  • Shelter Staff
  • Executive Directors & CEOs
  • Transitional Living Program Staff
  • Youth Mentors
  • Anyone Passionate About Empowering and Improving the Lives of Youth!

FAQs

Q: How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
A: You can reach out to our conference coordinator, Jason Alviar, at Jason@calyouth.org or 916 514-4464 x103

Q: Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
A: It is! Please reach out to Jason Alviar, at Jason@calyouth.org or 916 514-4464 x103 to do so.

Q: Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
A: That is okay!

Q: What Hotel/Accommodations are Available?
A: We will have more details to follow

Q: Is there a workshop list available online?
A: Yes, Check out our posts for more info


YES 2019 Info

All Events will be happening at the Embassy Suites Riverside Promenade unless stated otherwise.

YES 2019 Schedule

Day 1 Schedule, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

REGISTRATION
8:00a – 9:15a
Location: Lobby Area

DOORS OPEN
9:00a

INTRODUCTION
9:15a – 10:00a

ADVOCACY 101 + TEAMBUILDING
10:00a – 11:30a
Location: Embassy Suites Riverside Promenade

MEMBERSHIP GENERAL MEETING
10:00a – 11:30a
Location: Tower Bridge PDR A

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT RALLY
12:00p – 1:00p
Location: State Capitol, South Steps

ADVOCACY VISITS
1:00p – 5:00p
Location: California State Capitol

Day 2 Schedule Thursday April 25, 2019

DOORS OPEN +
REGISTRATION
8:00a

DAY 2 WELCOME
8:30a – 8:50a

WORKSHOP SESSION 1
9:00a – 10:15a

WORKSHOP SESSION 2
10:30a – 11:45a

AWARDS LUNCHEON
12:00p – 1:15p

WORKSHOP SESSION 3
1:30p – 2:45p

WORKSHOP SESSION 4
3:00p – 4:15p

CLOSING STATEMENTS
4:30p – 4:45p


Youth Empowerment Summit 2019 Workshops

Session 1 – 9a – 10:15a
Session 2 – 10:30a – 11:45a
Awards Luncheon – 11:45a – 1:15p
Session 3 – 1:30p – 2:45p
Session 4 – 3:00p – 4:15p

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Supporting Youth to live their autonomous path through volunteer engagement

Session 1 | Schoolhouse

Organization:
California Youth Crisis Line

Speaker(s):
Megan Beliveau

Description:
The California Youth Crisis Line has been redesigning and re-imagining ways to best support youth callers experiencing a crisis. You will learn about the ways we are engaging volunteers to support youth to live their autonomous path.
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Messin’ with Stressin’
Session 1 | Steamboat

Organization:
Solano County Office of Education

Speaker(s):
Claire Wallace, Ava Wilkinson, Josh Hathaway

Description:
Our goal is to spread awareness and educate people about mental health and the stigmas surrounding them. we also want to address the tie between mental health and ATOD users.
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Forming Action Groups
Session 1 | Central Pacific

Organization:
Children’s Network of Solano County

Speaker(s):
Alyssum Maguire, Spencer Lane, Nathen Jordan, Steven Gumapas

Description:
Do you care about an issue and want to start a group to do something about it? Learn and practice simple steps you can take to tame sure your group starts strong during this fun, interactive workshop. Come prepared to get to know each other better and to actually practice starting an Action Group!

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Domestic Violence Advocacy & Youth Health
Session 1 | Stagecoach

Organization:
Bill Wilson Center

Speaker(s):
Michelle Tran, Esperanza Samora, Monica Ramirez

Description:
Domestic violence is often a contributor or cause of homelessness that not only involves intimate partners but their children as well. Join us for a discussion on trauma-informed and braver spaces, and a subject that impacts all cultures, communities, and generations.
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Executive Roundtable: Getting Assistance With Implementation of HCD’s ESG and No Place Like Home
Session 1 | Tower Bridge PDR A

Organization:
Corporation for Supportive Housing

Speaker(s):
Sarah Hunter

Description:
California’s Department of Housing and Community Development recently funded firm technical assistance to communities to build capacity and promote housing stability. These funds can be used to assist with youth homelessness challenges. Join the conversation about the effort and discuss strategies to access the aid.

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Supporting College students Experiencing Homelessness
Session 2 | Schoolhouse

Organization:
California Homeless Youth Project

Speaker(s):
Shahera Hyatt, Alexis Piazza

Description:
The majority of California’s unaccompanied homeless youth believe higher education is one of the key strategies for overcoming housing instability. Yet, they face numerous barriers along the way. This informative workshop, hosted by the California Homeless Youth Project and the ACLU of Southern California will present new research, highlight the latest legislation, spotlight a local university’s approach, and honor voices of students with current and lived experiences of homelessness.
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Leverage Data. Empower Youth. Inspire Change
Session 2 | Central Pacific

Organization:
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

Speaker(s):
Ali Rivera

Description:
You need data to support your cause! Kidsdata.org, a free, easy-to-use resource, provides data on a wide range of topics on youth. The topics covered in this session will include emotional health and homelessness. This powerful tool allows users to access data for every community and legislative district in California aggregated by characteristics such as race/ethnicity and sexual orientation. This session will provide a live demonstration of how to use kidsdata.org to make your case in advocacy efforts, grant proposals and more. Learn how you can put data into action and inspire positive policy change
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Transformative Justice: Breaking Patterns of Power and Abuse
Session 2 | Central Pacific

Organization:
Sacramento Native American Health Center

Speaker(s):
Vrindavani Avila, Briseida Solis

Description:
This workshop will help identify harmful and violent messages that perpetuate homophobia and misogyny in our relationships. We will work through how these violent power structures play out internally, interpersonally, and institutionally. We will focus on what it means to build healthy relationships outside of these power structures and provide tools on autonomy, consent, and how to self-reflect on abusive behaviors and work towards healing. This workshop is LGBTQ centered, with the understanding that everyone regardless of identity or experience will benefit from this inclusive model to help unlearn abusive and intolerant beliefs and values.
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Increasing Access to the California Victim Compensation Board
Session 2 | Stagecoach

Organization:
California Victim Compensation Board

Speaker(s):
Robin Foemmel-Bie

Description:
Overview of CalVCB including our mission and the resources available through CalVCB. Information on recent updates and changes to increase access to the program. Discussion of eligibility requirements and benefits available to minors who experience violence in various ways including how to access resources.
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Coordinated Entry for Youth: What’s Working, and What’s Not?
Session 2 | Tower Bridge PDR A

Organization:
Corporation of Supportive Housing

Speaker(s):
Sarah Hunter

Description:
In this session, we will explore the tenets of Coordinated Entry and how it is being implemented with youth and young adults. We will present and discuss the different ways it is being implemented across communities, and offer ideas for engaging our youth.
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Leap and The Net Will Appear: The Transformative Power of the Arts for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Session 3 | Schoolhouse

Organization:
California Youth Homeless Project

Speaker(s):
Shahera Hyatt, Grace Loescher, Clay Halcyon

Description:
By examining interventions in both the UK and U.S., this workshop explores how the performing arts can be transformative for youth experiencing homelessness. This workshop will explore innovations of The Creation District, a safe haven for creation, discovery, activism, daring, and dream-making for Sacramento’s youth and young adults. By bringing together youth and young adults experiencing homelessness to build a brighter and braver future, we will discuss how and why to break the rules, get messy, make mistakes, and leave a mark on the world.
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Holistic Healing for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Session 3 | Steamboat

Organization:
Think Dignity

Speaker(s):
Mitchelle Woodson

Description:
Think Dignity’s Homeless Youth Legal and Advocacy Project (HYLAP) provides direct representation for the youth and allows for them to focus on participating positively within the community and aims to thoroughly change their circumstances by ensuring that they have cumulative support with both an attorney and an advocate. This project addresses the chains of poverty that become so difficult to break and works on addressing the effects of youth homelessness and, concurrently, on early intervention. The goal is to empower and increase their degree of autonomy and self-determination. Moreover, this presentation will include an interactive activity that requires participants to reflect on the web of systematic criminalization of homeless youth and recognize why multi-disciplinary services are most needed.
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Be The One: A Public Awareness Campaign to Create More Caring Communities
Session 3 | Central Pacific

Organization:
Family Hui

Speaker(s):
Elise Chu, Lucy Roberts, Cat Daum, Bella Hawk, Jillian Fahey, Amelia Allison

Description:
Presented by Family Hui – YOLO County youth will present an hour-long workshop based on Resilient research with action- step activities. The intent of the campaign is to help participating organizations actively move toward being more trauma and healing informed.
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A Way Home America Grand Challenge
Session 3 | Stagecoach

Organization:
A Way Home America

Speaker(s):
Megan Gibbard

Description:
This session will serve as a crash course on the A Way Home America Grand Challenge–an effort with 10 communities who will end homelessness for youth of color and LGBTQ youth — and how communities can center racial and LGBTQ equity, youth collaboration, and quality improvement to drive toward an effective end to youth homelessness.

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Building Systems that Prevent and End Youth Homelessness
Session 3 | Tower Bridge PDR A

Organization:
Corporation of Supportive Housing

Speaker(s):
Sarah Hunter

Description:
In this session, we will explore tools to facilitate a community conversation that models the resources needed to end youth homelessness. There are many pathways out of homelessness that young people take; we will explore some of these pathways, and present a model that can help your community determine an array of housing and services that meets the needs of young people experiencing homelessness.
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Breaking Stigma Through the Arts
Session 4 | Schoolhouse

Organization:
Urban Beats

Speaker(s):
Ignatius Nguyen, Cheyenne Bartram, Aaron Basila

Description:
What is stigma and how does it affect access to services? In this interactive workshop, Urban Beats will talk about how stigma impacts us, our community, mental health systems and how the arts can be the solution. Hope you’re ready to make some art!
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Young People Increasing Mental Health Awareness on High School Campuses

Session 4 | Steamboat

Organization:
NAMI California

Speaker(s):
Zuleima Flores-Abid

Description:
Across the state, young people and advisors are taking on the initiative to bring mental health awareness and education to their campuses. NAMI CA will discuss the statewide effort titled NAMI on Campus High School Clubs (NCHS). NCHS clubs are student-led groups on high school campuses, where students can openly talk about mental health and wellness, learn ways to support friends or family members who have a mental illness, and educate others on campus about mental health and wellness.
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Implementing an Effective and Exciting Peer-to-Peer Advocacy Model
Session 4 | Central Pacific

Organization:
Children’s Law Center California

Speaker(s):
Rosalee Villalobos-Conger, Marisa Rodriguez

Description:
Participants will learn how the judicial system can better serve transition age youth by incorporating peer-led practices, with an emphasis on the courtroom setting. The audience will be provided with specific steps, considerations, and examples of implementing a peer advocate program that best fits the needs of transition age youth.
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Conducting a Youth-Led Community Needs Assessment

Session 4 | Stagecoach

Organization:
Children’s Network of Solano County

Speaker(s):
Alyssum Maguire, Beck Mentzen, Nathen Jordan, Ericka Neel

Description:
Solano Youth Voices Council Members developed, conducted, and analyzed a county-wide youth needs assessment. This innovative process captured the voices of over 700 youth and represented diverse perspectives. The process took less than 6 months. Assessment results were used to create a youth policy platform addressing priority issues on school campuses, including Mental Health, Bullying Prevention, and Youth Homelessness. This interactive workshop breaks the process into do-able steps and includes a discussion with youth who conducted the assessment. Participants will also have opportunities to begin exploring possibilities for conducting a community needs assessment with youth in their region.
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Speaking Truth to Power: Youth Participation in Research on Homelessness
Session 4 | Tower Bridge PDR A

Organization:
SF-YEAH Project

Speaker(s):
Sherilyn Adams, Dr. Marguerita Lightfoot – UCSF, Taylor Harvey, Jess Yang, Richard Sarabia

Description:
This workshop will present on the SF-YEAH Project, a study on youth homelessness and violence in San Francisco, a collaboration of UC Berkeley, UC-SF, and Larkin Street Youth Services. The workshop will describe the project’s Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) model, an approach to research that seeks to amplify youth voice throughout the research process and highlight preliminary data coming out of the SF-YEAH project. The workshop will focus on how young people experiencing homelessness engaged with the research project, both as researchers and as participants, and discuss ways to integrate young people in research and program evaluation.