We took 30 high school Students to Wonder Valley Ranch for a two-day retreat, where they had the opportunity to dialogue issues and identify youth civic engagement priorities and come up with possible solutions. They discussed issues in their schools and communities and selected topics like school reform, sexual violence, lack of student voice representation, ethnic studies and more. CEC created a video of youth service projects to be distributed to teachers in the fall.
Youth Summit Goals:
–Learn and practice American civic values and democratic principles
-Share current problem-solving projects and programs at your school/organization
-Practice team building, civil dialogue and deep listening on current issues
-Discuss mental health: anxiety, anger depression, trauma, addiction, stress, etc.
-Propose civic service projects for students in the Fresno County (create video)