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Last Friday was the kickoff event for the Community Involvement and Youth Leadership Internship with 32 youth between the ages of 14-19 years old participating. The Kick Off was a collaboration among many of CAC’s Family and Youth Services’ (FYS) programs and was also supported by Children's Services staff.  We cleared out the parking lot at the Chapel regional office in Santa Maria and had a variety of games, food and our very own Saul Serrano DJ-ing. 

The internship project will offer youth at risk/in risk the activities and leadership opportunities needed for personal growth and to enhance their resumes in order to make a positive impact on their community.  

Some of the activities and opportunities include:  *Participation on the FYS Youth Advisory Board to assist in providing input and direction to program efforts *Promotion amongst peers of 2-1-1 Santa Barbara *Involvement in youth services meetings to provide a youth voice at the table *Identification of a community improvement activity, taking it from planning to completion *Participation in focus groups to identify what is working and what can be improved for youth in Santa Maria*A culminating youth forum to provide the input gathered to youth-serving professionals with the goal of  enhancing efficiency and collaboration.

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Last Friday was the kickoff event for the Community Involvement and Youth Leadership Internship with 32 youth between the ages of 14-19 years old participating. The Kick Off was a collaboration among many of CAC’s Family and Youth Services’ (FYS) programs and was also supported by Children's Services staff. We cleared out the parking lot at the Chapel regional office in Santa Maria and had a variety of games, food and our very own Saul Serrano DJ-ing. The internship project will offer youth at risk/in risk the activities and leadership opportunities needed for personal growth and to enhance their resumes in order to make a positive impact on their community. Some of the activities and opportunities include: *Participation on the FYS Youth Advisory Board to assist in providing input and direction to program efforts *Promotion amongst peers of 2-1-1 Santa Barbara *Involvement in youth services meetings to provide a youth voice at the table *Identification of a community improvement activity, taking it from planning to completion *Participation in focus groups to identify what is working and what can be improved for youth in Santa Maria*A culminating youth forum to provide the input gathered to youth-serving professionals with the goal of enhancing efficiency and collaboration.

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Fran Formanwhoever said you can't have fun at work while accomplishing a lot never met this crew!!!!1 day ago   ·  1
Nora Ivette MelendezAwesome crew!!!1 day ago   ·  1

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Allan Hancock College students Aacia Scalise, Karina Morales, Sarah Cuellar stopped by CAC's Chapel Street Office in Santa Maria to donate Halloween costumes for Head Start children. This was part of a community service project for their Speech 102 class. Thank you to all the Allan Hancock students who contributed. You helped make Halloween happier for Head Start children and their families! ... See MoreSee Less

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Patricia BrownHow nice was that.4 days ago
Maggie HernandezGood people :)4 days ago

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CAC Children’s Services and Family and Youth Services staff members Maria Douvia, Raquel Rubalcaba, and Elisa Pardo participated in Allan Hancock College Career Exploration Day today. The event was attended by hundreds of high school and college students from Santa Maria, Orcutt, Lompoc, and Arroyo Grande area. Maria and Raquel talked to event-goers about careers in Head Start. Elisa talked with students about Youth Leadership and Cal-PREP (Personal Responsibility Education Program). (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Fran Formangreat representatives of CAC! Thanks so much!2 weeks ago
Mari Estrada-GonzalezCareer Exploration day is such a great event, so glad CAC was there representing the various career opportunities available in serving the children and families of Santa Barbara County!1 week ago   ·  1

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Forming our awesome CAC team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk on Saturday, November 8. What a worthy cause! ... See MoreSee Less

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James CapobiancoEnjoy your walk!2 weeks ago   ·  1
Todd KellyI'm in!2 weeks ago   ·  1
Fran FormanWe have 7 CAC awesome Walkers. Still time to join our team?1 week ago

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