One way Human Options engages and educates our youth on the importance of healthy relationships and teen dating violence is through our Youth Action Council (YAC).
The YAC are composed of two youth groups, each representing a family resource center where Human Options is the lead agency; at the Minnie Street Family Resource Center and the Costa Mesa Family Resource Center.
Both our Minnie Street and Costa Mesa Family Resource Center YAC are high school level students who are interested in learning leadership and community engagement skills. The groups are successfully coordinated in collaboration with our funded partner Melissa Garcia, Volunteer Coordinator from The Raise Foundation.
Since the YAC’s inception back in September 2018, a group of 6-8 teens at each Family Resource Center (FRC) have participated in multiple FRC events and have gathered community service hours. The most recent event where the YAC made a difference was at our 4th Annual Love Shouldn’t Hurt Conferences where teens and caring adults learned about teen dating violence prevention and the impact of social media.
The YAC were vital in the planning of the conference as they participated in focus groups that helped developed the theme and workshop topics for the event. In addition, the YAC participated and lead an activity during the family joint workshop. As a highlight, we hosted the Costa Mesa FRC’s YAC president to open the conference as one of our keynote speakers, as he shared original lyrics he wrote that talked about the obstacles and facts around teen dating violence.
“We feel very proud of their engagement and look forward to continue working them,” says Claudia Flores, Minnie Street Family Resource Center Program Supervisor.
Thank you, YAC for all your hard work!