Youth Recognition Awards: Recognizing our Volunteers
Nominations for the 2020 Volunteer of the Year awards is now closed.
If you are an agency, school, or non-profit and you have a teen who goes above an beyond volunteering for you, please consider nominating them for this award. You may nominate more than one youth. They must go to school or live within the City of Thousand Oaks (this includes the Ventura portion of Westlake Village, and Newbury Park). See nomination form for details.
We have received over 100 nominations for the 2020 award. The nominees are amazing and while we cannot host an award ceremony this year, we are reviewing applications and awards will be send out via mail, and an announcement will be in the Thousand Oaks Acorn on May 28. Thank you all for the amazing contributions you make in our community each and every day. I hope that you continue to serve especially in this time of need.
Each year the City honors Youth volunteers at an awards ceremony and recognizes a Youth of the Year. Youth/teens play an active role in supporting the community. They volunteer their time, talent, and creativity to benefit hundreds of clubs, organizations, and events. From working with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to assisting neighbors, tutoring, organizing fundraisers, and volunteering at events, their altruistic spirit is an example to all. The Youth Commission hosts an annual event to honor teens as a way to thank them for their contributions and to bring attention to their volunteer spirit.
Therapeutic Dance - Due to the CoronaVirus this event has been cancelled.
One of the many challenges faced by teens and adults with disabilities is the lack of opportunities to enjoy the same range of experiences available to those without disabilities. The Youth Commission is proud to sponsor an annual Therapeutic Dance for young adults with functional disabilities. Participants are provided with an unforgettable experience, including entertainment, refreshments, socialization with old and new friends, photo sessions, and dancing the night away! Held at the Alex Fiore Teen Center, 1375 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, in March/April each year.
Biennially in even years, the Youth Commission hosts a leadership summit where students residing or going to school in the City of Thousand Oaks, ages 13-18 can join round table discussions with Community Leaders such as the Mayor, City Council, Conejo Recreation and Park District Board Members, Conejo Valley Unified School District Board Members, and others to share concerns and ideas to continue to keep Thousand Oaks youth engaged in community. At the end of the Summit, Youth Commissioners summarize the plan and develop teams to meet and discuss the findings. These findings are then implemented through education and programs. All 2018 approved projects have been completed. The next implementation process will begin after the 2020 Leadership Summit.
Youth Master Plan
Thousand Oaks Youth Master Plan was completed in June of 2007. If you are interested in obtaining additional information regarding the plan, please contact Youth Services Staff (805) 381-7362 or e-mail the YouthCommission@toaks.org.
As part of the Youth Master Plan, the Youth Commission hosts a Youth Leadership Summit biennially to continually review the plan and learn about new concerns and ideas community youth have to offer. As a result of that Summit, a Youth Implementation Plan is developed and implemented every two years.
- Download the Youth Master Plan
For more information on youth services please email Youth Commission or call 805-381-7362 for more information.