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To empower youth to be active and valued participants in decision making processes at all levels.


What Our Participants are Saying

June 8, 2017

Green Focus Youth Publication

Students from last years program created an advisory publication, from start to finish, which lists ways for the everyday citizen to reduce pollution.  Click here to see their document.  Print it, share it and help spread their messsage! 

The 2016/2017 program hosted close to sixty Sacramento area high school students.  They learned about important state legislation pertaining to environmental protection, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, environmental justice and how these policies connect to the vast green job sector here in California.  Their year long project was to create a publication with which to advise the public, based on their knowledge of these issues.  The topic, content and overall message was to be created completely by the youth.  The end product was a tip sheet to give folks ideas on how they can address the harmful effects of indoor and outdoor pollution.  

These youth are extemely proud of the work they've done and encourage you to share this information with as many people as possible and take action.  After all, it's up to each of us to make the changes we want to see!   Click here to download.  


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May 15, 2017

Green Focus: Take a look at some direct quotes from students in the program.

Around fifty high school students participate in the Green Focus program every year.  Some of these young folks have been in the program for up to three years!  At our last conference on February 27, 2017, the youth were asked to give their feedback.  Here's what they had to say.

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May 9, 2014

STAC Goes to Tyler Perry’s House

Sompong, a youth member of TCE's President's Youth Council, reflects on his night at Tyler Perry's House for the Black Men in Hollywood event. For him the night was filled with overwhelming emotion and a new found support system.

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November 21, 2013

Youth Advocate for Change Statewide and in their Communities

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November 20, 2013

Now Accepting Program Instructor Applications for Green Focus

Green Focus is a two day program designed to engage Sacramento area high school students in California environmental policy while building a link to green jobs and green career exploration.

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September 25, 2012

Now Recruiting For The 2012-2013 Youth Advocate Network Council, Apply Today!

We are looking for dynamic, passionate, Sacramento youth who care about sustainability and improving their community to serve on the 2012-2013 Youth Advocate Network Council

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January 12, 2012

From Toxic Land, to Urban Gardens. Community work is being done by the Fresno Sustainability Council

Here's some information on what one of the sustainability councils (Fresno) has been working on. They're working on creating an Urban garden from a Brownfield, helped by a grant.

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December 22, 2011

California Freshworks Interviews Youth Council Members

Watch these interviews featuring CCCP Youth Council members Ruby Avila, Don Jesus Clemons, Isiah Joshua Maldano and Abhilasha Malhotra. They were interviewed by California Freshworks' program, which helps increase access to healthy foods in under-served communities throughout the state.

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August 4, 2010

Youth Take Action to Increase Access to Health Services

Riverbank YWHLP and PLPSH youth partnered with Golden Valley Health Centers (GVHC) to build awareness about their Medical Outreach Mobile Health Clinic (also known as MOM). Through the Step by Step Community Youth Activist team, these youth developed a video to build awareness in their community about accessing medical services at the MOM. The MOM is serving as a temporary mobile clinic until the school based health center is built on campus this fall.

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June 18, 2010

A Tribute to Our Graduating Seniors

We would like to honor our class of 2010 graduating seniors! Congratulations! You have accomplished so much and we are so proud to have worked with such a hard-working and dedicated group of leaders. See what some of our seniors have to say about their experiences in our programs and what they will be up to next.

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May 13, 2010

My Day as an Advocate

My name is Bandu and I am from Sacramento County. I am passionate about women's health and reproductive rights and I want to make a change in my community. I attended the Planned Parenthood Capitol Day because I want support prevention services and comprehensive sex education. I think more youth should get involved and help inform the decisions that are impacting our lives.

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March 1, 2010

Video Voice Mapping Delivered to Your Doorstep

Kern County youth serving on Cal Center's Statewide Youth Board on Obesity Prevention (SYBOP) have been developing an innovative way to advocate for change in their community through Video Voice Mapping. They are offering peer trainings throughout the State, free of charge!

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