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      April 24, 2019

      Wednesday   9:00 AM

      1400 J Street
      Sacramento, California 95814

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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. Join our mailing list, and be alerted with all of the upcoming news about the Youth Empowerment Summit today by emailing, CCY Communications Coordinator, Jason Alviar at Hotel Accommodations: or Go to and make a reservation using the group/convention code: CCY. or Call (916) 326-5000 and ask for the California Coalition for Youth - CCY discount rate. All reservations must be in by Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 Youth Empowerment Summit 2019 Workshops Breaking Stigma Through the Arts Presented by: Urban Beats 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! Supporting Youth to Live their Autonomous Path Through Volunteer Engagement Presented by: The California Youth Crisis Line The California Youth Crisis Line has been working to redesign and re-imagine the ways to best support callers who are experiencing crisis and it all boils down to volunteer and staff engagement. In this session, you will learn about the ways we are engaging volunteers to support youth to live their autonomous path. Supporting College Students Experiencing Homelessness Presented by: California Homeless Youth Project 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. Through a crowdsourcing activity, attendees will have an opportunity to identify solutions to better support college students experiencing homelessness while navigating higher education. Leap and the Net will Appear: The Transformative Power of the Arts for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Presented by: California Homeless Youth Project 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. Young People Increasing Mental Health Awareness on High School Campuses Presented by: NAMI California 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. Leverage Data. Empower Youth. Inspire Change. Presented by: Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health You need data to support your cause!, 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 to make your case in advocacy efforts, grant proposals and more. Learn how you can put data into action and inspire positive policy change Messin' with Stressin' Presented by: Solano County Office of Education 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. Transformative Justice: Breaking Patterns of Power and Abuse Presented by: Sacramento Native American Health Center 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. Be the One: A Public Awareness Campaign to Create More Caring Communities 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. Forming Action Groups Presented by: Children's Network of Solano County 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!  Conducting a Youth-Led Community Needs Assessment Presented by: Children's Network of Solano County 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.  Federal Policy and You(th): From the Ground to Washington, DC and Back Presented by: National Network for Youth NN4Y mobilizes the collective power and expertise of our national community to influence public policy and strengthen effective responses to youth homelessness. Young people and providers need to be informed about what is happening in at the federal policy level to be effective state policy advocates! So join Amy Louttit, for an update on what’s moving in Washington, DC and how that may impact California advocacy. This session includes federal policy updates, NN4Y’s policy strategy and a facilitated discussion to add your critical voice and opinions to the work happening at the National level. Holistic Healing for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Presented by: Think Dignity 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. Domestic Violence Advocacy & Youth Health Presented by: Bill Wilson Center Domestic violence is often a contributor or cause of homelessness that not only involves intimate partners, but their children as well. Understanding how to manage the trauma symptoms resulting from domestic violence, noticing the red flags of an abusive relationship, and learning tools on how to keep someone safe whether or not they choose to leave or stay in the situation is what you will walk away with. Come join us for some trauma-informed and braver spaces discussion around a subject that impacts all cultures, communities, and generations. Implementing an Effective and Exciting Peer-to-Peer Advocacy Model Presented by: Children's Law Center California 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 specific steps, considerations, and examples of implementing a peer advocate program that best fits the needs of transition age youth. Increasing Access to the California Victim Compensation Board Presented by: The California Victim Compensation Board 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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