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Youth Organizations to Host Mayoral Candidates’ Forum

Santa Barbara Youth Council, Police Activities League Youth Leadership Council, and Future Leaders of America Team up to Host Forum for Discussion of Local Issues Affecting Young People

Three teen-focused organizations will join together to host a forum for Santa Barbara mayoral candidates this month. The event, which is open to all attendees, will be held at the Louise Lowry Davis Center on Monday, October 16 from 6:00 – 8:00PM, and is being organized by the Santa Barbara Youth Council, the Police Activities League Youth Leadership Council, and Future Leaders of America.

“There is a lot going on in the world and young people are stuck between decisions of leaders and our future,” said Jensen Steady, current chair of the Santa Barbara Youth Council. “This forum will help us contribute to where we are going.” The forum will focus on issues and concerns related to youth and young adults, and it is anticipated that all mayoral candidates will participate.

Following a meet and greet at 5:30PM, the forum will open with platform statements from the invited City Council candidates. After which student body presidents from Santa Barbara, San Marcos, and Dos Pueblos High Schools and Santa Barbara City College Associated Student Government will field questions, received from both high school and college students, to the candidates. The event will be moderated by Scott Guttentag, guidance counselor at Dos Pueblos High School. If time allows, additional questions may be fielded from the audience, and the program will end with closing remarks from each candidate.

Event Details

Santa Barbara Mayoral Candidates’ Forum on Youth Issues
Monday, October 16 from 6:00 – 8:00PM (with 5:30PM meet and greet)
Louise Lowry Davis Center
1232 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101 (map)
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About the Santa Barbara Youth Council

The Santa Barbara Youth Council, originally known as United Youth Empowered, was established in 1994; its purpose is to function as a voice for teens by facilitating youth forums and youth publications, and planning activities for teens. The Youth Council is coordinated by the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department.

More information is available at, or call (805) 897-2568.

About the Parks and Recreation Department

The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department proudly maintains a wide range of parks, facilities, and programs designed to serve the needs of the community.

The mission of the Department is to provide clean and safe parks, beaches, and recreation facilities; to enhance Santa Barbara’s beauty; to promote stewardship of resources; and to provide quality recreation and cultural experiences and community services to improve the quality of life for Santa Barbara residents.

To find out more about our Department, please follow us on social media, visit our website, or call us at (805) 564-5418.

Department Website

Event Contact

Roberta Payan
Recreation Programs Coordinator
City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department
(805) 897-1924

Parks and Recreation Media Contact

Summers Case
Marketing Coordinator
City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department
(805) 564-5589

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2018
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