By Nicole Zhang / President of SIAC
SIAC members were invited by the Alameda County Office of Education to organize an interactive activity at the Youth Action Summit, which took place on May 2nd this year from 3:30-7 PM at the Ashland REACH Youth Center in San Leandro. The Youth Action Summit was an opportunity for student groups across Alameda County to learn about how other students are getting involved and making a positive difference in their communities. For our interactive activity, we created a mental health and wellness trivia game. We asked questions such as, “What percentage of teens experience depression before adulthood?” and “What is a cause of chronic stress?” To award high-scoring participants, we gave students packs of seeds so that they could plant vegetables and flowers in school or community gardens in keeping with the theme of improving our communities.
In addition to the trivia game, we also created a poster with the phrase “Why Student Voice Matters” in the middle. Students made powerful statements about the importance of student voice, and it was evident that all the students at the summit were taking actions to improve their schools and communities. SIAC members also had the opportunity to participate in other group’s activities, and we were inspired by the work our peers from other school districts are doing to promote healthy eating, sustainability, wellness, and more.