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Solano Youth Coalition

The Solano Youth Coalition strives to raise awareness by advocating safe and healthier choices in communities through open conversations, participation, and collaboration among a new generation.

2022-23 application now open

Click button on left to apply for the 2022-23 Solano Youth Coalition. Application is DUE by June 26th at 4:00pm, interviews with coalition members will take place via zoom the first week of August. For more information please contact Johanna Nowak-Palmer or Rebecca Floyd.

The Solano Youth Coalition (SYC) builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities. The SYC is a youth led coalition that provides opportunities for youth to build capacity and commitment for life-long involvement in health promotion. The SYC is comprised of youth from Solano County’s high schools and colleges and is supported by an advisory team of adults.

The Solano Youth Coalition is a partnership with the Solano Friday Night Live Program. Visit the Solano Friday Night Live page for more information on Friday Night Live in Solano County.

The Solano Youth Coalition strives to:

  • Promote and encourage the participation of young people in the development of policy, programs and services in their communities
  • Raise awareness of issues regarding the health, safety, and success of their community
  • Engage youth and adults in active, open conversations about health and safety issues about drugs, alcohol, and violence
  • Advocate for their peers and community for safer and healthier choices and policies in their community
  • Collaborate with organizations, businesses, schools, community members, and young people to establish a positive strategic vision for the Solano Youth Coalition
  • Develop and promote a new generation of leaders and advocates for healthier and safer communities in Solano County

SYC is open to youth residing in Solano County, ages 14 to 21, who are attending school. The application deadline has passed for the 2020-2021 school year.

To become part of the Solano Youth Coalition, youth must complete an online application. Coalition members are expected to participate in bi-weekly meetings, (online web meetings, teleconference, or in-person) attend leadership trainings, and contribute to coalition projects and activities.

SYC is an excellent opportunity for students in need of community service hours to graduate as well as completing scholarship or honor society requirements. SYC participates in various activities and projects that benefit the health, safety, and success of youth and adults in our communities. Below are just some of the opportunities offered to SYC members that can count towards community service or volunteer hours!

  • Responsible Merchant Awards (RēMA) – evaluate and educate merchants about limiting access for youth to tobacco and alcohol products
  • Social Norms Art Project – organize a county wide art exhibit that explores alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among youth
  • Elementary Spelling Bee Championship – assist in organizing, running, and/or judging the Solano County Elementary School competition
  • College and Career Exploration - work with middle school students to explore their college and career options and develop a roadmap for success
  • Peer Education – create and lead presentations, lessons, and/or activities that promote health, safety, and success for students
  • Public Speaking – communicate important issues, activities, and information to news media, community organizations, and/or government entities
  • Solano County Art Faire- Members serve as judges for special division
  • Solano County Educators of the Year- Assist with set up, clean up and recognition of educators during event
  • Community Outreach- hosts informational booths at health fairs and community events, presentations to school and district staff, parents partner organizations.

Johanna Nowak-Palmer
Program Manager

Rebecca Floyd
Project Coordinator


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