Building Bridges: North Coast Youth Summit

Teens at the 2016 Northcoast Youth Summit.

Press release:

Come build bridges and make new friends.   Teens from Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, Trinity, and other counties on the North coast are invited to a wonderful learning opportunity.  Over 30 workshops to choose from, give you a chance to develop life skills and gain new perspectives.

Teens planning

You can chose four workshops to attend from a list of over 30 topics.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 8:00AM to 4:45PM at College of the Redwoods. Check in begins at 8:00 AM. Registration is now open at The cost is $20.00 and includes breakfast snacks and lunch.

Teens learning

Each workshop has 10-30 participants.

Registration and reimbursement options close on March 16, 2017; thereafter only substitutions can be made. Day of event registration is $30.00. Join us for this a fun-filled event and sign up your youth today.

The 14th Annual Northcoast Youth Summit (NYS) is sponsored by the University of California 4-H program, Friday Night Live, the Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE), and College of the Redwoods. “Building Bridges” is this year’s theme. Youth (7th-12th grade) choose from over 30 different workshops such as Navigating College, Presenting with Confidence, Self Defense, Know Your Rights, Native Plants, Chess Tactics and CPR certification.

audience of teens

2016 participants listen to keynote speakers.

Attendees will hear the voices of two keynote speakers: one of whom is Jermaine Brubaker from Wild Rivers Community Foundation working with the Redwood Voice and coordinating our Service Learning Project and the other is Elizabeth Smith from the Boys and Girls Club. NYS goals are increasing youth leadership development, skill building, networking and awareness of local career opportunities.

Needle felting Fun

Youth can learn how to make felted animals at one of the workshops offered.

Wondering if this event would be fun?  Here’s what Dylan Diemer wrote about his experience:

The North Coast Youth Summit is an amazing opportunity! I have had the chance to learn about careers as well as grow as a person. From college workshops to learning about and playing with puppies that are becoming seeing-eye dogs, the Youth Summit has provided me with an amazing chance to enjoy learning. For those considering it, I would strongly recommend coming. The Youth Summit has inspiring keynote speakers and fun activities too!


One of the workshops features live birds of prey.

Still unsure?   Here’s what Jonathan Archibold wrote about his experience:

The first time I went to the Northcoast Youth Summit, I was afraid and unsure if I wanted to go.  That was three years ago. I only knew one person when I went for the first time. We entered the theater and heard a story from one of the guest speakers, It was inspiring and I haven’t forgotten the story he told. After that I met new people, and learned cool things through the workshops. One of the biggest things I took away from the summit was learning where things were on the campus. This was helpful because the first year I went to the summit was the year before I attended Academy of the Redwoods. I also really enjoyed the coding workshop.  I had so much fun that I went again and took a friend.

This year I am excited about the raptor workshop with live birds, capoeira, and martial arts.

Teens hanging out

2016 participants getting to know each other between workshops.

The Northcoast Youth Summit is a really opportunity for any person to learn a thing or two, meet some people around the Humboldt, Mendocino,Del Norte & Trinity counties and hear inspiring stories from people who have achieved their dreams. (See descriptions of workshops available to chose from here.)Poster to the NOrth Coast Teen Summit



  • I sure hope my grand daughters attend this Summit. Young people are so lucky to have all the opportunity’s that are offered to them today.

  • This is a great educational opportunity. A few highlights include CPR certification for half price and a chance to learn self defense and see demonstrations from the internationally recognized masters at the famous Yang Martial Arts Academy. Every worshop looks awesome!

  • You know Kym, it really amazes me that a lot of the people who respond to the different stories on your site, only want to banter back and forward with other people they know will get pissed off with what they have to say.

    Along comes a story they can respond to positively and you don’t hear a peep from them. It looks like they would know that the children are the future.

    I’m old Kym but I can see further than my nose thank God.

    • I was thinking sadly of how many people complain of the problems with our youth but how few shared this really wonderful experience for our kids. I wondered if the next kid who gets sucked into drugs might have found friends and a first step towards a better life at this workshop but because so relatively few shared this story, the kid will never get a chance. I tried to tell myself not to be over dramatic but…a part of me feels very sad at how much folks delight in sharing stories of folks screwing up and how few want to help by simply sharing something like this.

  • So delighted to see these programs for our youth! I have missed several days of news, and am so glad I took the time to see what I missed!

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