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.
Rules of Kindness Campaign
Kindergarten Boot Camp
San Mateo County STEM Festival - GREAT Success!
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:
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