Teen Board of the Redwood City Youth Literacy Council

Teen Board of the Redwood City Youth Literacy Council
Teen YLC Board

Mission

The Redwood City Youth Literacy Council consists of 9 teenage members from area high schools who will work with libraries, schools, and library foundations to increase literacy rates in the community.

The Youth Literacy Council will:

· create programs that promote literacy, a good environment within the family to promote literacy, and programs that assist youth in doing well in school such as STEM classes;

· provide libraries and library foundations feedback on needs in the community;

· gather volunteers to support fairs, events, and fundraisers that support literacy;

· recruit volunteers for literacy programs;

· run book and board game drives to support literacy programs and donations to children in the community, and

· coordinate with businesses and the community to partner with programs;

provide other support as needed.


A club called Youth for Literacy is an extension of the Youth Literacy Council. This club consists of additional members that conduct literacy and other charity work in the community. These club members need not be on the Council Board to participate.


YLC Video of Projects

Free Books for Children

Free Books for Children
Handing out free books to children at the Day of the Dead - approx. 6-8000 people - 11/16

Day of Kindness

Day of Kindness
September Day of Kindness Campaign - crafts and books encouraging kindness between children

Rules of Kindness Campaign

The Youth Literacy Council (Ryan Traynor) has been chosen as a Kindness Ambassador for generationOn and Hasbro's Rules of Kindness Campaign. During September the Council will be holding a Rules of Kindness gathering of around 50 children at the Redwood City Public Library to discuss ways to be kind and work together. Thank you generationOn and Hasbro for supporting our efforts to make the community better.

Kindergarten Boot Camp

This summer Youth for Literacy, working with the Youth Literacy Council, helped the public library put on 4 sessions of Kindergarten Boot Camp. These sessions, for 30 kids each, taught kids skills they would need before entering kindergarten. They learned coin counting, matching, number, shapes, coins and letter identification. They also learned social skills such as taking turns, supporting others, raising hands before talking, and patience. We also helped them with scissor cutting, gluing, crafts, physical obstacle courses, singing, and working with a group. It was a lot of fun and we saw marked improvement among attendees. I'm sure they will have a much better time in Kindergarten with these new skills.

Kindergarten Boot Camp

Kindergarten Boot Camp
Helping kids entering kindergarten with basic literacy skills needed

San Mateo County STEM Festival - GREAT Success!

The San Mateo County STEM Festival orchestrated by the Redwood City Youth Literacy Council working with the Redwood City Library Foundation was a great success with over 3000 people attending!The Courthouse Square was selected because of its central location, easy access from anywhere in the county, available free parking, and high visibility. In addition, they were able to work with the County History Museum to open the museum for free for the entire day and offer even more activities and contests inside. This exposed many visitors to the museum for the first time.

The Council was fortunate to have the talents of local experts to demonstrate fun aspects of science, technology, engineering, and math including 7 schools, 9 businesses, and 12 nonprofit/government organizations. One of the goals, to offer the event for free, including opening up the museum for free to the public for the entire day, was accomplished through generous grants provided by the Port of Redwood City, Oracle, Elks Lodge #1991, and State Farm with the support from Youth Service America. Youth Service America provided important training and guidance to the Youth Council members. Most importantly however, was the involvement by the community. A community event this large offered by all volunteers, requires many dedicated people to orchestrate and staff the event. The Youth Literacy Council paired the timing of the event with Global Youth Service Day so they could involve as many youth in volunteering as they could, to incorporate leadership and learning components for youth as well. This led to over 200 volunteers during the event and 790 volunteers planning the event, all orchestrated by Ryan and the Youth Literacy Council. Many community leaders attended or spoke at the event including Senator Jerry Hill, Councilmembers Shelly Masur and Alicia Aguirre, Mayor John Seybert, Vice Mayor Ian Bain, and more. It truly was an event put on by the community, for the community, clearly demonstrating the high community spirit backing an important cause.

Mayor John Seybert added, “Thank you to all the festival partners for offering this free event to help youth see the fun side of STEM and expose them to a potential career in STEM.”

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Festival event that educated over 3000 people demonstrates how youth are capable of creating amazing change. Working with many community partners, this team of go-getters has managed to pull off yet another unbelievably successful event for the county.

Click on the video below to see the event:

POWr Video Gallery

San Mateo County STEM Festival (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Join us as the Redwood City Youth Literacy Council puts on the first-ever FREE San Mateo County STEM festival to introduce kids and adults alike to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through fun speakers, contests, and over 30 hands-on demonstrations such as 3D and laser printing, robots, virtual reality, coding, static electricity, and more as part of Global Youth Service Day. Stop by the festival at Redwood City Courthouse Square at 2200 Broadway any time between 11:00am and 4:00pm. The San Mateo County History Museum will be free during this event with even more activities and contests with prizes. Check out times and activities at www.stemfestival2016.com

Making an Impact on Literacy by donating 8 boxes full of books to Familias Unidas

Making an Impact on Literacy by donating 8 boxes full of books to Familias Unidas
Books from book drive to go into the hands of children graduating from a family reading program

Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency

Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency
Join us for our Event on April 16, 2016

Fun with Robots, Math and Science Day at the Library

Fun with Robots, Math and Science Day at the Library
Created and put on by the Youth Literacy Council with help from the Menlo School Robotics Team

Fun with Robots, Science and Math

Fun with Robots, Science and Math
4 stations - Robots, Bubbles, Catapults, and Building a Structure

Youth for Literacy chosen as Lead Agency for Global Youth Service Day

The Youth Literacy Council, working under the Redwood City Library Foundation, has been chosen as a Lead Agency for Global Youth Service Day. We have received a $1000 grant to put on our STEM Festival 2016, a San Mateo STEM event to be held in Redwood City Courthouse Square on April 16th, 2016 from 11 - 4. The Event will have booths with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) presentations and information for kids everyone. We're making STEM fun to help kids get engaged in school and consider future STEM careers. A special thanks to Youth Service America and State Farm who are coordinating these nationwide events. If you are interested in participating in this event, either as a booth participant, stage presenter, volunteer or attendee, see our website at: www.STEMfestival2016.com. Right now we'd love volunteers to help us plan. Contact us if you're available!

Putting together FREE STEM kits for kids

Putting together FREE STEM kits for kids
Global Youth Service Day - thanks to grant from Disney and YSA

North Fair Oaks Fair

North Fair Oaks Fair
Handing out Free Books!

Book Drive

Book Drive
Collecting Books

Books Donations to Charities

Books Donations to Charities
Book Donation to Children's Fund

Book Donations to Local Charities

Book Donations to Local Charities
Books and Supplies donated to Fire Victims

Book Donations to Local Charities

Book Donations to Local Charities
Donating Books to Star Vista

Exciting News - Grant Received to put on Financial Literacy Classes for Teens!

The Youth Literacy Council was just chosen to receive a very large grant from State Farm Youth Advisory Board to put on Financial Literacy for Teens classes in San Mateo County. We anticipate conducting 2 classes per month covering a wide variety of topics. We are developing them now. Stay tuned for dates and topics!

Financial Literacy Classes Available Now!

Financial Literacy Classes Available Now!
Financial Literacy for Teens Classes reservations being taken now! See moneysmarts4teens.blogspot.com

Teen Read Week - 10/18/14

Teen Read Week - 10/18/14
Discussing the differences between the movie and the book "The Outsiders." We had fun talking about themes, artistic choices, and changes by medium around a pizza lunch!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Teen Read Week

Come join us for Teen Read Week as we watch the movie "The Outsiders" and then have a discussion about the differences with the book. October 18th from 12 - 3. All Teens Welcome! Email us at traynorryan@comcast.net for the details.

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