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Youth Engagement Pilot Program 2017


Youth for the Environment & Sustainability Conference on Feb 25, 2017!

The YES Conference is open to High School and Middle School teens from the 9 Bay Area Counties and their awesome teachers and parents. At the conference, hundreds of students come together to share ideas, solutions and projects to promote walking, biking, transit & improving the environment. We would love for youth to represent Solano County and attend the event this year. If you are interested in attending or know youth who may be interested, please let us know at: email.

Attention Middle/High Schools and Youth Programs in Solano County!

Solano Safe Routes to School is launching a Youth Engagement Pilot Program for middle and high school youth interested in working to promote walking, biking, physical activity and/or improving their overall environment.

The Youth Engagement Pilot Program will follow a YPAR (Youth-led Participatory Action Research) model and methodology which involves youth developing a research question, performing research and analysis and proposing a solution based on the data. The goals of the Youth Engagement Pilot Program are to: 1) increase middle and high school youth leadership and involvement in Safe Routes to School activities countywide and; 2) engage in youth-led projects that can lead to sustainable solutions in improving active transportation and safety, reducing carbon emissions and/or addressing Safe Routes to School goals such as increasing walking, biking or physical activity.

The Solano SR2S Program will invite interested parties across the county to apply and will select youth pilot sites with teams consisting of 4-6 middle and high school-aged youth and at least 1 adult leader. The pilot sites will engage in YPAR projects supported by the Solano SR2S team who will provide training and technical assistance for young people and their adult leaders. The Solano SR2S team will also assist each pilot site in developing: 1) a final project presentation that will be presented to the appropriate audience (i.e. school or school district, mayor’s office, city council, etc. and 2) a 1-page success story to highlight their Safe Routes to School youth engagement project.

Pilot sites will each receive $1000 for programmatic support. 2 payments will be made - one upon initial start-up and the last after final completion of all the requirements as stated in the Program Description. Selection criteria will be based on: level of interest, program readiness, staff and organizational capacity, commitment to youth-led work and demonstrated need.


We are accepting applications now and the pilot program will go on from Feb-June 2017. For more information, see the Program Description.

If you are a youth group and are interested in applying to be a pilot site, fill out our brief application form and send it to Lloyd Nadal or by FAX at:(707)424-6074 by Friday, January 27th.

Any questions, feel free to contact us at: (707)399-3222 or by email.