Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stuff the Bus is wrapping up -- help students in need

Summer vacation is wrapping up, and with it, the chance to help students needing school supplies.

If you haven't heard about the "Stuff the Bus" campaign, you can find more information here. In a nutshell, the campaign seeks to give needy children the supplies needed to get them ready for school. You can donate money or supplies at local banks that have the little bus station on the lobby.

And here's another way you can help. Volunteers are needed to sort through supplies and assemble backpacks next week. Teams will be meeting four days: Wed. through Sat. Aug. 2 to 5, at the Monterey County Office of Education, 901 Blanco Cir. Salinas. Sorting teams will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed. through Friday and stuffing teams will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, visit the United Way page here.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer internship for youth! Learn about county government.

The first Young Supervisors Program for local high school and first year college students will be taking place from July 3 to July 28. The program will be held at the Monterey County Board of Supervisors Government Building, and it's sponsored by Supervisor Luis Alejo.

This program focuses on developing leadership skills and empowering the leaders of tomorrow by exposing them to important community issues. Students will learn about the importance of civic participation, the press, community service, the legislative process and local issues facing Monterey County. Students meet from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, with the exception of one Tuesday throughout the course of the program.

The Young Supervisors Program is offered at no cost and it's open to high school and first year college students, who reside in Monterey County. At the end of the program, participants will be able to more effectively communicate with others, have a background in community service and organization while illustrating an understanding of the legislative process and the workings of a county supervisor. Students that complete the program will receive a special recognition certificate and a letter of recommendation from Supervisor Alejo..

Deadline to apply is June 28. Application form is available here or at the Supervisors District Office located at: 168 W. Alisal Street. Second Floor, Salinas, CA 93901 or by email at mckeithens@co.monterey.ca.us.

For more information contact Shane Mckeithen, Young Supervisors Program Director at (831) 755-5011 or via email at mckeithens@co.monterey.ca.us.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Salinas youth: learn about your local government

Young people in Salinas are invited to learn about the local government, careers in government, and how to advocate for positive change.

They can do that through the City's first Youth and Government Institute, which will meet at Salinas City Hall July 5-21 between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays.

Among other activities, participants will be able to:

Meet the mayor, City Council members, department directors, and staff
Attend a City Council meeting and conduct their own mock City Council meeting
Complete a service project
Do some things just for fun.
The benefits of the program include:
Useful knowledge for being an involved citizen, and for careers in government, the law, and business.
Valuable experience to list on a college application or resume
Opportunities to apply for voting membership on City commissions or committees.
A stipend will be paid after the completion of all sessions, and food and transportation will be provided. Salinas residents aged 14-18 are eligible to apply.

The Youth and Government Institute will be taught by the City's Neighborhood Services Coordinator, Ana Ambriz, and Vivian Salinas, a City recreation coordinator.

The deadline for applications is June 22. Applications are available for download on the City's website here.

More information is available from Ana Ambriz at anaa@ci.salinas.ca.us or (831) 758-7166.