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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, September 20, 2013

Community Group Asks Public to Find Solutions Pro-Youth Movement Has Created Action Committees

The Pro-Youth Movement (PYM) is asking the public: What do our youth need to make healthy, positive choices?


The Pro-Youth Movement (PYM) is asking the public: What do our youth need to make healthy, positive choices? We are asking families and teens to come forward and have their voices heard. Join an Action Group and be part of the solution.

NEXT Pro-Youth Movement Meeting

Saturday, September 21, 2013 Spanish Translation and Child Care Provided Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street Teens Receive Gift Cards and Community 12:30pm Lunch, 1pm to 2:30pm Discussion Service Hours for Participating

The Pro-Youth participants have been meeting regularly since July and have formed several sub- committees. The Jobs Committee has identified job skills and job opportunities as key components to helping young people stay out of street life and be successful. PYM will collaborate with agencies and programs providing job readiness and job skills training, such as the Workforce Investment Board, yStrive, Freedom4Youth, Partners in Education, and ARRC.

PYM is continuing to survey families and teens as to their needs and their challenges. Our September meeting will break up into small groups and encourage participants to get active with our committees, which include:

 Education/Schools  Juvenile Justice  Jobs

 Outreach  Research  Las Abuelitas (The Grandmothers)

The Pro-Youth Movement aims to engage human resources to support youth and families in the greater Santa Barbara area. We are committed to:

 Organizing volunteers to support programs already in place and connecting families to programming and services

 Assessing needs and identifying holes in the safety net  Support all efforts to empower youth to live positive, healthy and fulfilling lives

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