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Theme: Queer Joy: Rainbow Writes | GLSEN due by May 15th

Rainbow Writes is a writing contest for LGBTQ+ students to express their unique perspectives. In the age of censorship of LGBTQ+ stories, Rainbow Writes lifts our voices – for queer youths, by queer youths! The contest will accept submissions in poetry and prose! SUBMISSION DETAILS: Who can participate? Ages 13-18, United States residents. How do I enter? Via submission form here: How will winners be determined? Winners will be determined by originality,...

Game Night Youth Coalition (SAY SD)

SAY San Diego invites you to join us for a virtual escape room game night! Unwind and have fun while you learn more about how you can get involved, have your voice heard, and be around other rising leaders in Southeastern SD. The first 100 youth to RSVP before March 31st get a large pizza delivered to their house for FREE! YOUTH COALITION April 5th, 2021 @ 5:30 PM via Zoom Scan or click the QR Code & RSVP by March 31st Open This project is partially funded by...

"Who is your Hero and Why?” (essay contest) University of San Diego - Character Education Resource Center

The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation is now accepting online entries from all San Diego County students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 for its Annual Essay Contest. There are cash awards for both the winning students and their teachers. The prompt for the contest this year is "Who is Your Hero and Why?" WHO IS YOUR HERO? WHY? Tips for Teachers (and Students) We suggest you guide your students in finding their voice and the purpose of the essay; along with writing an effective introduction,...

Youth ask San Diego Gang Commission to stay the course on human and sex trafficking issues

(left to right; Youth Voice Co-Facilitator Talitha Thompson, Mentor Stephanie Linderman, Youth Leaders Jessica Rivera, Tatiana Sanchez, Lizette Diego, and Katherine Rodriguez.) Four student leaders from Youth Voice told twelve Commissioners of San Diego’s Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention last month how important it is that they raise awareness, educate the community, and encourage other youth and adults to become involved in eliminating human and sex trafficking in San Diego.

Cherokee Point Youth Leaders Educate Community on Child Abuse Prevention

It’s not every day I get to bring an entire pizza party to 30 kids, but a few weeks ago, that’s exactly what I got to do. I went to visit the youth leaders at Cherokee Point Elementary School , San Diego’s first trauma-informed elementary school. We were celebrating a major accomplishment. A few months ago, I wrote about my visit to Cherokee Point to visit youth leaders and talk about Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month, which occurs every April. During my initial visit in March, youth...

Toxic Stress, Toxic Streets (4 minute video)

This video is about 2 years old, but I just came across it last week and wanted to share with you all. It is a powerful statement by the students at Leadership High School in San Francisco, CA. They speak about the ongoing adversity and toxic stress in their daily lives and in their community, all through the power of music. The youth voice is so important as we work to bring trauma-informed and resilience building practices to communities. Link to video: Toxic Stress, Toxic Streets

ACEs Connection Network Confab -- Southern California, May 10, 2016

(l to r) Sienna, one of the teens from Youth Voice from City Heights; Dana Brown, ACEs Connection Network regional facilitator and co-founder of Youth Voice; Francisco Mendoza, CEO, Mendoza Consulting; Jessica, Youth Voice; Lizette, Youth Voice; Talitha Thompson, Youth Voice co-facilitator; Joshua Aguirre, RISE Up Industries board of directors; Stephanie Linderman, Youth Voice mentor; Arturo Soriano, Youth Empowerment co-founder; (in front) Adrian, Youth Voice.

Youth Voice students introduce SDSU college seniors to ACEs

Youth Voice leaders (left to right) Katherine, Lizette, Jessica, Adrian, Tatiana, Sienna and Angel Seven youth leaders traveled to San Diego State University last week to explain the science of adverse childhood experiences and the impact of complex trauma, as well as their journey of resilience and transformation to thirty seniors in the university's Counseling and Psychology Department. Youth Voice has created a sanctuary for youth, ages 11 to 20, to share, learn and create messages of...

Cherokee Point Youth Leaders learn about Child Abuse Prevention month

Some days at work are better than others. Yesterday was one of the best days I've had in awhile! I had the chance to speak to a small group of youth leaders from Cherokee Point Elementary School on Wednesday. As a representative of the Chadwick Center for Children & Families, I came to talk with them about Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) month, which is coming up in April. We are collaborating with Cherokee Point in an effort to bring awareness to the community about CAP month, resilience,...

Wisconsin 5th graders make music video to a mindfulness hip hop song by SF Bay Area artist, Just Me

Wisconsin elementary-school teachers are incorporating simple mental exercises in the classroom to promote well-being, thanks to a partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Center for Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The school's 5th graders recently made a music video for the song, "Don't flip yo' lid," by SF Bay Area hip hop artist, Just Me. The song's hook is, "mindfulness will change your life."

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