Youth leadership initiative in the North Fair Oaks community of San Mateo County.
When the Siena Youth Center (SYC) opened its doors in 2012, it aimed to serve 50 youth in its first year with safe space and academic, health, and physical fitness programming during out-of-school hours. Four years later, 130 low-income, predominantly immigrant youth ages 9-22 participate in a range of youth-development based activities through out-of-school and summer programs and community events. We are committed to being a resource to whole families and to the wider community. We are also committed to working with families as full partners in the development of their children and the community. The Siena Youth Center’s North Fair Oaks Youth Initiative and other leadership programming build strengths, foster positive decision-making and community contribution, and support healthier futures for more than 130 under-resourced youth.
Our vision is that all youth in North Fair Oaks have the ‘tools,’ personal power, opportunities, and full support to make healthy decisions for themselves, and to be a positive resource for their peers and the North Fair Oaks community.
Strengthen existing youth leadership efforts for youth ages 14 to 22 in North Fair Oaks.
To collaborate with youth and other key community stakeholders in building and sustaining new youth leadership opportunities.
To distribute mini-grants through a youth led project that fund programs that benefit youth in North Fair Oaks.
To train youth to take leadership roles in the planning and implementation of the OYE Conference, a conference for Latino youth and parents.
The North Fair Oaks Youth Initiative aims to strengthen the North Fair Oaks community by engaging youth as leaders. Forty youth will collaborate each school year with key community organizations and programs to build and sustain youth leadership through three main components. These include: leadership development and trainings, fun team building activities, and projects: organizing a conference for youth called “OYE”, and distributing mini-grants that youth members give out.
The program runs from September through June (10 months). Youth who are accepted in the program are expected to complete all 10 months.
Trainings are on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 6pm to 8:30pm. Field trips and conference are on Saturdays and/or Sundays, 4 or 5 times throughout the 10 months.
Project subcommittees meetings will be on Monday and Tuesday evenings, from January through June.
Leadership Training Topics:
- Communication Skills
- Facilitation Basics
- Public Speaking
- Identity and Diversity
- Coping with Stress
- Civic Engagement and Local Government
- Tour of North Fair Oaks community
- Ropes course and camping trip
- Local issues and group decision on topic for projects
- Theater and self-awareness
- Conversations and activities with local law enforcement
- Service with North Fair Oaks Forward – a community improvement plan
- Service with the North Fair Oaks Bike Rodeo
- Organize and attend the OYE Conference
The NFOYI youth will come to a group decision about a focal-issue to guide them in creating four youth-facilitated workshops for the OYE Conference. This hands-on projects serve as a space to practice and hone leadership skills, connect to supportive adults and resources, and unite to make a lasting impact on their peers and their community.
New members are invited to take part in the North Fair Oaks Youth Initiative. Members are a part of a group of 30 youth, ages 14 to 22, who will collaborate with one another and with key community organizations and leaders to strengthen youth leadership in North Fair Oaks through three main components: leadership trainings, fun team-building activities and field trips, and two projects: Mini-Grants – financial funding that youth will give to benefit other youth in North Fair Oaks – and the OYE Conference – organizing and giving workshops at the OYE conference – a free conference for Latino youth and families.
The NFOYI 2nd Year Member Subcommittee will lead all NFOYI trainings, events, and field trips, with the support of the NFOYI interns and the Program Director. The 2nd Year members are the role models and the mentors of the new members.
The NFOYI Internship is for two alumni members who want to give back to the program by providing support to the program director in managing the program, and by demonstrating excellent leadership with the youth members.
NFO Exploration and Team-building 9/19/15:
Camping Retreat 10/3/15:
Communication Skills 10/17/15:
Program Director: Carmela Meehan, (650) 298-9458, firstname.lastname@example.org