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Applications Being Accepted for Solano Youth Leadership Institute

Jun 24, 2024 04:13PM ● By Solano County Office of Education News Release

SOLANO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Solano County Office of Education and Touro University California (TUC) have partnered together to host another Solano Youth Leadership Institute for Solano high school students during the week of Aug. 5.

The institute is a five-day intensive youth advocate training that will be led by experts in the field of youth development, peer education, public health, and environmental prevention. The Solano Youth Leadership Institute was developed to encourage the next generation of public health leaders.

The Solano Youth Leadership Institute focuses on health equity, using Positive Youth Development and Youth-led Participatory Action Research principles. Youth-led Participatory Action Research trains young people in social justice-based research to improve their communities and institutions. Positive Youth Development engages youth in learning how to constructively participate in their communities, schools and families.

Part of the leadership institute includes a visit to the State Capitol, where Solano students will meet with leaders and decision-makers to discuss community issues and learn about policy development. The program concludes with a graduation ceremony where participants receive certificates of completion and recognition from local and state elected officials.

“This institute not only empowers young people but also creates an opportunity for their important perspectives and ideas to be included in local governance and decision-making processes. By bridging the gap between youth and policymakers, we are supporting the next generation of informed and active citizens,” said Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson.

For more information about the Summer Youth Leadership Institute, visit the event website at Students wanting to attend must apply online before June 28.