Youth Leadership Summit: Be the Change
Biennially 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 friendly. The 2020 event will be held on February 11, 2020. Applications to attend will be available on November 1, 2019.
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 friendly. At the end of the Summit, Youth Commissioners summarize the plan and develop teams to meet and discuss the findings. All 2018 approved projects have been completed. The next implementation process will begin after the 2020 Leadership Summit.
Youth Recognition Awards: Recognizing our Volunteers
Nominations for 2020 will be available in November 2019. Nominations will be due on February 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
If you are an agency, school, or non-profit and you have a teen that 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.
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.
Community Internships Training Youth
C.I.T.Y. is a summer internship program for students finishing 11th grade. This program is for students in the summer before their senior year, right when they are deciding on college? no college? which college? what career? visit the C.I.T.Y. webpage for details. Internship Fair for 11th grade students will be held on March 10, 2020. This is the students opportunity to make a first impression on businesses offering internships.
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. the 2020 event will be held on March 28, 2020. Volunteers are needed.
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.