On October 24, the Santa Barbara Youth Council will host Youth Speak Out, a youth-focused panel discussion. Youth Speak Out seeks to foster a healthy debate and thoughtful discussion of the political issues surrounding Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative.
Youth Speak Out, which will be held at the Louise Lowry Davis Center on De La Vina Street, will begin with a panel of local thought leaders. Each panel member will speak to their views on the Proposition, including how they see it impacting youth in our community. The panel will take audience questions, then step aside, encouraging youth in attendance to join the discussion, providing an opportunity to share their own views via an open-mic format.
“This topic should draw a good crowd,” said Cindy Diaz, Youth Councilmember and volunteer publicist for the group. “It’s important that we hear from the youth in our community regarding the possibility of Proposition 64 passing and what that means for youth under the age of 21.”
Encouraging young people—who may not even be old enough to vote in the upcoming November 8 election—to educate themselves on important issues and current affairs is something the Youth Council encourages, with the aim of promoting community engagement and participation in the public process. Youth Speak Out will provide another opportunity to hear and share the thoughts and opinions of young people with local agencies and leaders as well as with their peers.
Youth Speak Out is open to the public; the Youth Council hopes to attract a diverse group of attendees to promote a productive and interesting dialogue, and looks forward to the opportunity to dig into complex subject matter.
There is no admission fee and no need to RSVP for Youth Speak Out; if you would like to attend, please arrive at the Louise Lowry Davis Center by 5:30pm on Monday, October 24. Davis Center staff are available to answer questions about the event; they can be reached by phone at (805) 897-2568.
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 5:30pm
Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101
Depending on individual school policy, students may be able to receive community service credit for attending this event. Please check with your guidance counselor or other school official, or call us at the Davis Center for more information: (805) 897-2568.
Established in 1994, the Santa Barbara Youth Council is an advisory committee created to provide a voice for teens in the Santa Barbara area. The fifteen members of the Youth Council are all between the ages of 13 and 19, and each serves a two-year term as they work to advance youth issues, while gaining valuable experience in giving back to the community and participating in the public process.
In addition to organizing educational and community-minded events such as Youth Speak Out!, the Youth Council encourages collaboration among the many local agencies and organizations with youth-oriented missions, promotes youth participation and interest in local issues, and has the ability to make recommendations to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Santa Barbara City Council on issues and policies affecting local youth and teens.
The Youth Council is based at the Louise Lowry Davis Center at 1232 De La Vina Street. For more information on Youth Council activities, please call Roberta Payan at (805) 897-2568.
City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department
(805) 564-5589 or SCase@SantaBarbaraCA.gov
Recreation Programs Coordinator
City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department Neighborhood and Outreach Services
(805) 897-2568 or RPayan@SantaBarbaraCA.gov