1. BE THE VOICE - Attend the 2024 Youth Leadership Summit
The Youth Leadership Summit is designed to provide students an opportunity to learn from community leaders, as well as share your concerns and ideas with them.
Date: March 13, 2024
Who: Students in 7th - 12th grade who live or go to school within the City of Thousand Oaks
Location: Founders Room, Kavli Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA
Additional Notes: Pizza and Salad will be served. All participants will receive a certificate and community service hours for your time and dedication.
How to Attend
The application period is now closed. Applicants invited to attend will receive event information directly.
2. Serve on the Youth Commission
The Youth Commission is a City Council-appointed committee that serves as an advisory body to the City Council on matters concerning youth. Service as a Youth Commissioner is a unique experience, offering opportunities to develop leadership skills, represent peers, work with local elected officials, and have a positive effect on the City. The Youth Commission consists of thirteen (13) youth members between the ages of 13 – 18. Members serve two-year, staggered terms.
The application period opens every spring. To be eligible to apply, students must be City residents 13 -18 years of age; and entering 9th through 11th grade in fall 2024. Students who will be high school seniors in fall 2024 may apply for a one-year term if they have prior Youth Commission experience. All eligible applicants will be invited to interview as part of the standard review process.
The Youth Commission application period is currently scheduled to open from March 12, 2024 to April 11, 2024 at 5:00PM. Once the application period opens, go to www.toaks.org/committees to complete the online application. See instructions below.
3. Attend the 2024 Youth Trash Cleanup
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024
**More information on how to participate coming soon!
4. Attend an upcoming Youth Commission Meeting
Students in 7th - 12th grade and the public are invited to attend regular Youth Commission Meetings. Meetings are held at 6pm on the first Wednesday of each month between September - May. The FY 2023-24 Meeting Schedule is located here.
All students are invited to provide school reports or information about your school activities or events. If you are interested to learn more, please email YouthCommission@toaks.org.
Past Youth Commission events include:
1. 2023 Coastal Cleanup
On Saturday, September 23, 2023 the Youth Commission joined local efforts at Borchard Park to pickup more than 100 pounds of trash and recycling. The Coastal Cleanup Day is California's largest annual volunteer event where people across the state join together to clean our creaks, rivers, lakes, coast and shorelines of all kinds, to help restore our environment.
2. 2023 Spreading Art Awareness
This committee purpose was for the youth to bond and express their creative freedoms within a positive environment. Creating art pieces of your own helps build self-awareness and improve self-esteem. It was meant to be a positive and exciting learning experience for the youth to explore and to be themselves. Art can promote freedom of creative expression, which can help the youth to relax and think differently. Anyone can make art, and there are so many different art forms, which can help the youth to gain independence, confidence, and self-esteem.
The committee planned and hosted an interactive art booth at the City of Thousand Oaks Arbor Earth Day Celebration on April 15, 2023. The YC provided recycled materials and facilitated an activity where attendees created vision boards. The theme was mental health and the environment, envisioning a future to aspire toward
3. 2023 Youth Trash Clean Up Day
This committee purpose was student engagement and education. Environmental activism and promoting policies that limit pollution, was one of the concerns of the youth presented at the 2022 Youth Leadership Summit and is a priority of the Youth Commission.
In FY2022-23 the committee planned and hosted a Youth Trash Clean Up Day event on Saturday, April 29, 2023. 27 students and 5 adults participated in this beautification project along Moorpark Road between Avenida de las Flores and Lancer Way. The event cleared dead organic matter and trash from the side of the road to help clear the area for stormwater runoff, prevent fires, and reduce pollution.
4. 2022 Youth Leadership Summit
THANK YOU TO ALL THE YOUTH AND COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2022 YOUTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT ON MARCH 30, 2022! IT WAS A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS!
The event brought together 22 leaders and 66 youth from the City of Thousand Oaks. The program included Leader Roundtables, Youth-Only Roundtables, and a Keynote Address. Topics discussed included: support and resources available to youth to deal with the impacts COVID, decrease stress, and improve mental health; issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; how to enjoy social media and ways to deal with inappropriate or fake content; how schools can better meet the current and future needs of students; how to increase recycling and improve the environment; among many others. There were a lot of important conversations that took place and many positive outcomes. Here's what the Youth are saying:
“[The Summit] made me believe that our City has great leaders who really care about our community and want to make it better”
“[The Summit] helped me realize many problems in my community and how I can help."
“[The Summit] made me feel I have a voice"
"[The Summit] gave me faith in the process and change that our generation is making"
"The [keynote] speakers really inspired me and I really loved it"
"I loved [the keynote speaker's] message. It really resonated with me...Talking about the quote that you should not let the fear of being great make an enemy of being good. I loved that."
"I loved meeting other intelligent people who care and want to make a difference."
“I have a lot more hope about our future.”
|Quick Links to Local Youth Resources
Agendas posted 72 hours in advance of each meeting