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2019 Youth In Action Conference

Saturday, Nov 9th, 2019 at Campbell Community Center

What is Youth IN ACTION?

Youth in Action (YIA) is YAPA's goal of making sure that students in the community are able to advocate for their beliefs and have the chance to make their voices heard. 

In this conference, we will showcase the hard work of all the students who participated in our summer and first semester program. 

Students were a part of one of the study groups that they expressed interest in: Environment (Lehigh Cement Plant Issues), Housing Crisis, Performing Arts in Silicon Valley (Save the Flint Center), Teen Mental Health, and Tobacco Use.

In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of our students and mentors, at the YIA conference, we will discuss topics with legislators and community partners to further civic engagement.

Attendees of all ages are welcome.

Location: Orchard City Banquet Hall, Campbell Community Center, 1 W Campbell Ave C-33, Campbell, CA 95008
Date: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 from 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm



Check in & Light lunch provided


YAPA Study group presentation and ceremony


Youth Speakup: Conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna




“Time for a new party? Campaign finances and political parties” by John Pimentel 


Youth civic service opportunities panel 


Universal Basic Income Debate


Closing & Refreshments

1. Our  Young  American  Policy  Advocates

Students will present the research that they have done and how they have advocated for their beliefs, including going to city council meetings and talking to the county supervisor. There are five presentation topics: 

  1. Environment and natural resources (Leigh Cement Pollution), led by Rene Williams & Rhoda Fry, Bay Area Clean Environment (BACE)

  2. The housing crisis, led by Michael Goldman, Sunnyvale City Council, author of the data-centric research-based blog Meeting the Twin.

  3. Performing Arts and Their Role in Silicon Valley (Save the Flint Center), led by Sudha Kasamsetty, Cupertino Art Commission Chair

  4. Teen Mental Health, led by Hung Wei, Former Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD)Board Member and Trudy Gross, Director of Educational and Special Services, FUHSD

  5. Tobacco Use Policies, led by Rosalyn Moya & Owen Wise-Pierik, Bay Area Community Resources (BACR), Tanya Payyappilly, Breath California, and Don Tran, County of Santa Clara Public Health

2. Conversation with Congressman  Ro  Khanna

Congressman Ro Khanna will be our guest speaker at YAPA's Youth in Action Conference. Join us and get the opportunity to talk with our US Representative and learn more from him!


Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is serving in his second term.

Rep. Khanna sits on the House Budget, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform committees and is first vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He also serves as an Assistant Whip in the Democratic Caucus. Rep. Khanna is committed to representing the people and ideas rooted in the Silicon Valley to the nation and throughout the world.

3. Party  Politics  and  Campaign  Finance  by John  Pimentel

John graduated from the Harvard Business School (MBA), University of California, Berkeley (BA) and San Joaquin Delta Community College (AA). 


He is the founder of White Hat Renewables, the co-founder and President of Sustainable Water Solutions, the co-founder and CEO of Panoche Valley Solar, the co-founder and President of Foundation Windpower, the co-founder and 2003-2006 Director of Pacific Ethanol (PEIX), and the Director of Vertex Energy (VTNR).


Earlier in his career, John worked in Bain & Company’s private equity group and its general consulting practice. Prior to Bain, John served the State of California as Deputy Secretary for Transportation where he oversaw Caltrans, Highway Patrol/State Police, California Transportation Commission, and the commercial sector of the Department of Motor Vehicles.  He served on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the Governor’s Growth Management Council, and managed the Governor’s Executive Fellows Program. He currently lives in Menlo Park with his wife of 20 years and 3 children.

4. Panel Discussion with Various Youth Groups

Community panel on civic and social service opportunities for youth.

5. Policy Debate: Universal Basic Income




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