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  • Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety Programs

    January 17, 2019
    Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety Programs

    Two programs for Santa Maria students developed in late 2018 as creations of the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety are ready to be launched. One is the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board, the other a Student Leadership Program.

    “The concepts of both programs were well-received by students and school staff in recent discussions, and each will give youth more of a voice about issues they care about, and exposure to leadership,” Mayor Alice Patino said. “We recognize the importance and value of our young people, and want to learn from and listen to their contributions.”

    The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board is to work directly with the Mayor on issues in the City that teens face, developed from the Mayor’s collaboration with the schools.  These groups of eight to 12 students, two to three from each grade, will meet with the Mayor and share the issues as expressed by classmates. The Student Leadership Program, to launch in March, is modeled similar to the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Santa Maria Valley program. This focuses on eight to 12 students learning about City departments’ functions by visiting at least two departments on one Friday per month.  In addition, a facilitator will also be providing education on leadership.

    These developments follow the Task Force’s recently issued Fall 2018 Progress Report to the Community posted online. Additional staffing to support youth outreach is the focus of a proposal being taken to the City Council, to augment ongoing efforts to connect numerous boys and girls to services.

    The Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety, created in 2017, focuses on grass-roots strategies to improve the lives of youth and their families, by mobilizing and aligning community resources and partnerships. The focus is on prevention, intervention, enforcement and re-entry, using ideas contributed by diverse community members. The ongoing efforts include summer youth programs, civic leadership programs, and multiple partnerships to assist those at-risk with valuable resources. For more details go online at www.cityofsantamaria.org/mayorstaskforce.

    Questions may be directed to Dennis Smitherman, Management Analyst, at the Recreation and Parks Department, (805) 925-0951 extension 2263.

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