Youth Advisory Group
The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is comprised of 10 young people, ages 14-24, selected among the Sacramento area who will provide guidance for our current and future program development. This method is vital for bottom-up organizing, as we cannot fully serve youth unless they are a part of the process every step of the way.
"Nothing about us, without us."
As we enter a new chapter at the organization, we're not only educating and inspiring students in a smaller traditional conference setting, but are looking for other ways to get youth into action and place them in spaces where important decisions are being made in their communities. With recent changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we've had to rethink how we engage with our youth participants and the YAG. Although current circumstances have forced us to adapt to our changing environment, we see this as the perfect opportunity to get creative with the YAG and collectively envision a new path forward for youth civic engagement in California. With the YAG's help we'll be able to innovate and create new, nontraditional pathways for ALL students to become engaged in the political process based on their interests and unique talents.
Please check-in with us periodically to see what this amazing group of thought leaders are up to over the course of the next few months! #YouthPower
For the duration of approximately four months, YAG will:
Engage in a series of civics education, school curriculum & discipline reform, and social justice awareness training's intended to educate and build knowledge
Provide perspectives and insight into the lives of young people in order to best serve them
Help create a new vision for youth civic engagement in California
Support in program and issue research
Provide recommendations on social media outreach and promotion of new and existing programs
Help build capacity among Sacramento area youth to create a greater sense of community and belonging
Break-down and challenge narratives, systems and stereotypes that harm youth
"I am so honored to be a part of this group and be able to talk to so many ambitious and politically aware girls my age... our amazing mentors have really racked my brain about looking at different perspectives when thinking about politics."
- Gaby Ocazionez