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Grant Received to Conduct Youth Leadership Training

SCOE to Create Youth Leadership Team


The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is announcing the receipt of a $9,600 Program Improvement grant for its Club Live Leadership Training from Sierra Health Foundation in Sacramento. The program is one of 11 grant recipients in the region chosen for funding to increase youth participation in quality programs through Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth program.

With this grant, SCOE will create a youth leadership team to craft, plan, implement and evaluate every aspect of its Club Live leadership training event held each fall. The event provides skill-building training for student leaders involved in the program. Added and improved program practices include the addition of high school students at the leadership training, and the development of student staff to implement the training.

"Club Live promotes a positive lifestyle and positive activity alternatives to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs," said David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools. "Thanks to the generosity of the Sierra Health Foundation, Club Live will be able to reach out to more motivated, young people in our local community."

SCOE's Friday Night Live/Club Live programs build partnerships for positive youth development by engaging youth as leaders and resources in their communities. The program is part of a statewide network and is active in 58 high schools and middle schools in the county.

"I've enjoyed giving ideas that are important to me," said Keyovanni Thompson, an Edward Harris Middle School student and member of the student planning team. "I like talking about making change in my community. I'm looking forward to getting others involved with Club Live and spreading the message about what this club is all about!"

Through REACH, Sierra Health Foundation is committed to helping California Capital Region youth succeed by increasing participation in quality programs and activities, providing opportunities for youth to develop leadership and decision-making skills, and helping communities take positive action for youth.

Sierra Health Foundation awards Program Improvement grants two or three times per year. Grant funding for 2009 will be announced later this year.

To learn more about Friday Night Live/Club Live, call (916) 228-2418.