May 31, 2016
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By Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia,

West County is a relatively young community. Approximately one-quarter of Richmond residents are age 18 or younger. Our youth are our strength and future.

In recent years, we’ve seen a groundswell of youth energy and civic participation, led by institutions like the RYSE Youth Center and the Richmond Youth Council, among many others.

This year’s inaugural West County Youth Summit should be a great event for young people, parents and all those interested in supporting our youth.

This free event on June 4 will provide the opportunity to learn about the Community Service Learning Requirement, the Richmond Promise Scholarship program, financial management, youth homelessness, and health and wellness. There will also be resource tables for youth activities, job training, mentorships, college enrollment and more.

Lunch will be provided.

Our communities become stronger when we recognize the importance of our youth’s needs and we respect and support their voices in our civic life.

WHAT: 2016 West County Youth Summit
WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza (north side of Macdonald Ave.)
WHY: To bring youth and youth-supporters together with resources to enhance education, empowerment and job-training opportunities
HOW: Click here to register and share information via social media, or
call the City Council Office at 510-620-6861.
MORE INFO: Call Trina Jackson at 510-620-6581

This piece first appeared in Supervisor John Gioia’s email newsletter.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.