Youth Empowerment Summit (formerly the Taking Action Conference)

The California Coalition for Youth’s Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) 2018 (formerly known as the “Taking Action Conference”) aims to inspire youth, youth advocates, and staff and leadership to form their own strategies to create change and improve the lives of California’s disconnected, runaway and homeless youth.

YES is the chance to come to California’s State Capitol to share ideas, energy, and experiences with transition-age youth, youth-serving programs and youth advocates from across the state.

On the first day of conference, attendees can expect a full program of exciting workshops being held between the Sacramento Convention Center and the California Endowment Building. This format allows attendees to move freely and really get a sense of what Sacramento has to offer (no more stuffy hotel conference rooms!) Featuring a provided lunch and dinner from two of Sacramento’s premier eateries, Republic, and Station 16!

On Day 2, Attendees will be split into two tracks: Advocacy and Service.  The Advocacy track is made up of a limited number of Youth-Led teams of 5 where they’ll go and meet with their legislatures and share their stories!  The Service track will be made up of those interested in doing a service project with the California Coalition for Youth and one of our community partners in Sacramento!

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!


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

Q: Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
A: It is! Please reach out to Jason Alviar, at 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: CCY has partnered with The Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown at Capitol Park for special hotel pricing. Book your group rate for California Coalition for Youth using code: CalYouth

Q: Is there a workshop list available online?
A: Yes! Click this link to access: YES 2018 Workshop List



Youth Empowerment Summit 2018 Schedule

Day 1 – April 16th, 2018

  1. Registration – 8:30a – 9:15a
  2. Doors Open at California Endowment – 9:00a
  3. Opening Ceremony – 9:30a – 10:30a
  4. Workshop Session 1 – 10:45a – 11:30a
  5. Workshop Session 2 – 11:45a – 12:30p
  6. Lunch & Awards at Station 16 – 12:45p – 2:00p
  7. Workshop Session 3 – 2:30p – 3:15p
  8. Workshop Session 4 – 3:30p – 4:15p
  9. Advocacy 101 & Team-Building – 4:30p – 5:30p
  10. Mixer & Membership Meeting – 5:30p – 7:00p

Day 2 – April 17th, 2018

  1. Kick-off Rally – 9:00a – 10:00a
  2. Networking Brunch – 10:00a – 11:30a
  3. a. Service Learning 101 & Activity – 12:00p – 3:00p
  4. b. Advocacy Visits – 12:00p – 4:00p