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      April 24, 2019

      Wednesday   9:00 AM

      100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento
      Sacramento, California

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      Youth Empowerment Summit 2019

      What is the 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 Sacramento Convention Center. 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. 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 REGISTRATION8:00a - 9:15aLocation: Lobby Area DOORS OPEN9:00a INTRODUCTION9:15a - 10:00a ADVOCACY 101 + TEAMBUILDING10:00a - 11:30aLocation: Embassy Suites Riverside Promenade MEMBERSHIP GENERAL MEETING10:00a - 11:30aLocation: Tower Bridge PDR A YOUTH EMPOWERMENT RALLY12:00p - 1:00pLocation: State Capitol, South Steps ADVOCACY VISITS1:00p - 5:00pLocation: California State Capitol Day 2 Schedule Thursday April 25, 2019 DOORS OPEN +REGISTRATION8:00a DAY 2 WELCOME8:30a - 8:50a WORKSHOP SESSION 19:00a - 10:15a WORKSHOP SESSION 210:30a - 11:45a AWARDS LUNCHEON12:00p - 1:15p WORKSHOP SESSION 31:30p - 2:45p WORKSHOP SESSION 43:00p - 4:15p CLOSING STATEMENTS4:30p - 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 ----- 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.----- 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.----- Forming Action GroupsSession 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!  ----- Domestic Violence Advocacy & Youth HealthSession 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. ----- Executive Roundtable: Getting Assistance With Implementation of HCD's ESG and No Place Like HomeSession 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. -----Supporting College students Experiencing HomelessnessSession 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.-----Leverage Data. Empower Youth. Inspire ChangeSession 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 -----Transformative Justice: Breaking Patterns of Power and AbuseSession 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. -----Increasing Access to the California Victim Compensation BoardSession 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. -----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.-----Leap and The Net Will Appear: The Transformative Power of the Arts for Youth Experiencing HomelessnessSession 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.-----Holistic Healing for Youth Experiencing HomelessnessSession 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. -----Be The One: A Public Awareness Campaign to Create More Caring CommunitiesSession 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.----- A Way Home America Grand ChallengeSession 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. ----- Building Systems that Prevent and End Youth HomelessnessSession 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.-----Breaking Stigma Through the ArtsSession 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!-----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.-----Implementing an Effective and Exciting Peer-to-Peer Advocacy ModelSession 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. -----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. -----Speaking Truth to Power: Youth Participation in Research on HomelessnessSession 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.

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