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SCOE Partners for Solano Summer Youth Leadership Institute
Posted 8/8/22

Solano Summer Youth Leadership Institute students 2022​​​​​​​

Twenty-one Solano County high school students are participating in the 2022 Summer Youth Leadership Institute (SYLI), hosted by Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) and Touro University California (TUC) at no cost to the participants. The project was created by TUC and SCOE to inspire the next generation as public health leaders through five days of youth advocacy and leadership development that will be led by experts in the field of youth supports, peer education, public health, and environmental prevention.

The institute, launched on August 8th and includes a virtual meeting with U.S. Congressman Garamendi and a field trip to the State Capitol. There, students will meet with leaders from agencies like the Governor’s office, California’s departments of Health Care Services and Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Center for Healthy Communities, Assemblywoman Lori Wilson’s office, and others. These meetings provide opportunities to engage with decision makers about issues that affect youth and local communities helping students actively participate in and learn about the process of policy development.

The leadership institute also focuses on health equity and is based on the principals of Positive Youth Development (PYD) and Youth-led Participatory Action Research (YPAR). YPAR is an innovative approach to positive youth and community development based in social justice principles in which young people are