Youth Wellness Summit

2024 STUDENT ADVOCACY & MENTAL WELLNESS SUMMIT

A workshop for high school student leaders (9th-12th grade) to develop leadership and advocacy skills, with a focus on community engagement, eliminating stigma, and prioritizing mental wellness. Learn to amplify your voice on issues that matter to you from a panel of speakers and by participating in break-out groups with other students throughout SB County. QUESTIONS: email YAB@YouthWell.org or call 805.448.2426

Nurturing Minds, Building Community:
A Leadership Journey in Self-Care and Mental Health Advocacy

You can't pour from an empty cup.
How do you advocate for yourself so you can advocate for others?

REGISTRATION REQUIRED IN ADVANCE >

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PANELISTS...

  • Senator Limon

  • Assemblymember Hart

  • Jordan Killebrew

  • Geoff Green

  • Chief Esparza

  • Bethany Bodenhamer

  • Farah Stack

LOCATION: EnviroHub • Community Environmental Council
1219 State Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101

TRANSPORTATION: Provided for students & mentors coming from Santa Ynez, Lompoc, and Santa Maria areas. (must register in advance)

FEE: $0 [must register by February 20th]
Sponsored by SB County Dept of Behavioral Wellness • no cost to attend

LUNCH & CONNECTION: Provided 12-1pm prior to workshop.

EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS:
Receive community service hours if you attend from 1-5pm.

Youth Advisory Board

YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD APPLICATION

We are recruiting for our 2023-2024 YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD [YAB]! This is a NEW leadership program for students hosted by YouthWell in partnership with SB County Behavioral Wellness. We are looking for 1-2 students from each public and private school in Santa Barbara County and for diverse representation across ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, & socio-economic status.

 

Students will learn about mental health issues and how to advocate on their campuses and in their communities. Students will gain leadership tools that include planning, facilitating, public speaking, communication skills, program planning, evaluation and group decision-making.

 

PROCESS... [1] Apply online by SEPT 22, 2023 [2] Applicants will be called in for a short interview in Sept. [3] Mtgs will start at the end of September [4] If you are selected, students and parents will be asked to sign a Commitment Statement.

 

QUESTIONS: email YAB@YouthWell.org or call 805.448.2426

 

YAB FAQ's

meeting calendar

YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

2023-2024 MONTHLY YAB MEETING
**transportation provided [in-person meetings] for students in North and Mid County.
**virtual mtgs will be 2-3 hours 1 Sunday a month between 3:30-6:30pm.

  • OCT 8 [virtual]
  • NOV 5 or 12 [IN PERSON - Santa Barbara - includes lunch] 12pm-4pm
  • DEC 3 [virtual]
  • JAN 7 or 21 [virtual]
  • FEB 4 or 25 [IN PERSON - Santa Barbara - includes lunch] 12pm-4pm
  • MARCH 3 or 10[virtual]
  • APRIL 7 or 14 [virtual]
  • MAY 5 or 19 [virtual]

2023-2024 IN-PERSON - LOCAL MEETINGS (in your community - south or mid or north county)

  • DATES TBD - 1-2x per month with your local advisor. 

YAB PORTAL >

YAB COMMITMENT

COMMITMENT

TIME

  • YAB members commit to serving on the board for 9 months [Sept-May]8-10 hours/month

MEETINGS

  • 1 monthly virtual meeting
  • 1-2 in-person meetings in your community (South, North, Mid County)
  • YAB members attend monthly virtual training

YAB BENEFITS

YAB MEMBERS WILL LEARN...

  • YAB members learn about current issues and community resources.
    YAB members participate in team-building exercises that build character, improve communication, and reduce prejudice and stigma around mental health. 
  • YAB members design campus campaigns and activities. 
  • YAB members gain leadership tools that include planning, facilitating, public speaking, program planning, evaluation, and group decision-making.
  • YAB serves as an advisory committee to the YouthWell Collaborative and Youth Linkages Network to provide a student voice.
  • YAB members raise awareness and eliminate stigma around mental health by promoting self-care and kindness through connection, prevention, education & outreach activities!
  • YAB members receive COMMUNITY SERVICE hours!

MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION

  • Learn about current issues, how to recognize the warning signs of a mental health challenge, and how to connect someone to available community resources. Receive Teen Mental Health First Aid training.

LEADERSHIP & ADVOCACY TRAINING

  • Participate in team-building exercises that improve communication, build character, and reduce prejudice and stigma around mental health. Strengthen leadership skills by getting experience in program planning, facilitating, public speaking, evaluation, and group decision-making.

COMMUNITY & CAMPUS OUTREACH

  • Help design and implement campus campaigns for your school that bring awareness to mental health, and educate on the warning signs and resources in the community.

Student Summit

Sun, Feb 25th, 2024

VIEW CALENDAR TO REGISTER & LEARN MORE >

Hosted by YouthWell and SB County Behavioral Wellness

This is a summit designed for high school students throughout Santa Barbara County who are passionate about learning how to advocate for issues they believe in.

A workshop for high school student leaders (9th-12th grade) to develop leadership and advocacy skills, with a focus on community engagement, eliminating stigma, and prioritizing mental wellness.

Learn to amplify your voice on issues that matter to you from a panel of speakers and by participating in break-out groups with other students throughout SB County. [Registration Form >]

APPLICATION PROCESS

Starting in 2024... Applications to become a YAB member are accepted year-round (due in May) and successful applicants are appointed in June each year. YAB internship begins in Aug/Sept each year. 

YABis a 10 month commitment (Aug-May) with monthly virtual meetings and additional in-person meetings in your community. 

YAB TEAM

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Ashley Kelly-Holden

YAB ADVISOR

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Rachael Steidl

Executive Director & Founder
ceo@youthwell.org
805.448.2426

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Michelle

YAB ADVISOR

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Elise Fields

Community Liaison & Resource Navigator
education@youthwell.org

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We are grateful for the contributions from our local foundations and our community donors!