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Youth Resiliency Summit

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The Youth Resiliency Summit is part of the Art is Power Series, and is sponsored by the Solano County Office of Education, Solano County Public Health, Fighting Back Partnership, Safe Quest Solano, Nature of Sound, and the Solano Youth Coalition.

Open to all middle and high school students, grades 6-12, residing and/or attending school in Solano County. The FREE virtual summit will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. will cover a wide range of workshops on topics affecting youth and their community as well as develop skills that strengthen resilience and create positive change. The summit will host fun activities, raffles, prizes and more!

The first 100 students to register will receive a box filled with fun conference supplies.

Registration deadline May 14, 2021 at  3:00 PM.



Workshops will be hosted by adults and youth and will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Social Justice and Equity
  • Human Trafficking
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence
  • and more!

Keynote Speakers

Ashanti Branch
keynote Speaker

Ashanti, born and raised by a single mother welfare in Oakland, California, Ashanti left a lucrative career in civil engineering when he discovered a true passion in teaching while tutoring struggling students. In 2004, as a first-year teacher, Ashanti started The Ever Forward Club to provide a support group for African American and Latino males, who were not achieving to the level of their potential. Since, then The Ever Forward Club has grown to serve both young men and women and became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Ever Forward Club has helped 100% of its members graduate high school and 93% of them have gone on to attend college. Ashanti is on a mission to change the way that students interact with their education and the way schools interact with students.

Javier Sanchez
Keynote Speaker

Artist, poet, rapper, and motivational speaker, Javier is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leader in developing effective strategies for youth and community mobilization. His experience and expertise come from more than 20 years of work with the Youth to Youth International Program. He believes that change for the better in our world, our county, our communities, and our schools isn't just happening to young people, it's happening through them. Javier specializes in helping teens and their adult allies develop strategies for relevant, effective, and sustainable community impact. He uses the "by youth, for youth" approach to create cutting-edge health and wellness messages and communication strategies that effectively reach and engage our most disenfranchised communities and vulnerable populations.


Johanna Nowak-Palmer
Program Manager
(707) 646-7608

Rebecca Floyd
Project Coordinator
(707) 646-7602

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Partner agencies

Fighting Back Partnership
Safe Quest Solano
VIBE Solano
Nature of Sound
Solano Public Health
Solano Youth Coalition