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Youth Community

YC description

Youth Community (YC) is an enrichment program that empowers our young generation with skills to navigate social situations using appropriate tools to have successful relationships with others. Lessons provide our students with “core skills”, desired traits that are needed to progress in a work environment, which will additionally improve social-emotional success.

Youth community additionally conducts mental health awareness workshops in various middle schools in order to provide our older generation with education on the effects of mental health and how to manage their concerns.

Youth Community is currently running after school enrichment programs at Bay Laurel for grades J-K, 1-3, and 4-5. Varies curriculums within these programs include developing and maintaining friendships, learning sportsmanship and appropriate assertiveness, acknowledging and handling bullying and transitional learning skills for those going on to middle school. Youth Community is additionally running a mental health awareness workshop 2 times a month at AC Stelle through their boys and girls club. We are in the process of running programs in other schools throughout Woodland Hills, Calabasas, West Hills, Sherman Oaks, Burbank, and Santa Clarita.

YC group structure

Youth Community group facilitators focus on a “play style” of learning. Lessons are taught in a fun manner and practiced using games and activities that students can additionally bring to the play ground or at home with their friends. Through out the hour long group instruction, students are provided with “points” for participation and practicing learned skills.

They canlater trade in these points for prizes during our last session of the series, also known as Carnival Day! Carnival Day allows the kids to play, practice the skills they learned, buy prizes, and celebrate their progress. Parents are additionally provided a generalized homework packet on the first day of groups. This provides parents detailed descriptions of our lessons and how they can implement the skills for better retention at home.

Series

Youth Community’s curriculums are identified as different series that focus on specific topics related to elementary and middle school students. Each curriculum is 8 weeks long and every week a new skills is introduced by our facilitators. The current series we offer are:

  • Friendship Brigade
  • Count Me In
  • Bully Busters
  • Game On
  • Big Picture
  • Staying Connected
  • Transitions (program geared towards children transitioning from 5 th grade to middle school)
  • Courage Crunch
  • Planet Savers
  • Mindfulness
  • In A Pickle
  • Mental Health Awareness (geared toward 4 th /5 th graders in elementary school and middle school students)

Programs offered:

Through the local Boys and Girls Club (on school campuses) Private Pay (center based or community based)

Schedule of Events/Resource Fairs:

  • Shane’s Inspiration: March 17 th , 2018 10:30-1:00pm
    • Rocket’s Universe, 10844 Acama St., North Hollywood, CA 91602
  • Sponsored by Universal, MomsLA, CityMoms, & SoCalMoms Summer Camp Resource Fair April 15 th , 2018
  • Shane’s Inspiration: September 16 th , 2018 Times: TBD
    • Walk & Roll event, Shane’s Inspiration Playground at Griffith Park

**I know there are other events pertaining to certain school (bay laurel carnival event) but I don’t have those specific dates yet.

Social media

Youth community’s Instagram handle is: youthcommunity.blc

Contact information

Megan Stevens: Youth Community Coordinator
(661) 289-2569

Jaime Sanam
Social Skills Coordinator
San Fernando & Santa Clarita Region
(661) 310-4051

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