Prescription Drug Take-Back Day October 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021 at LIMITED LOCATIONS!

Please help us SAVE LIVES by following these 3 steps:

LOCK: Keep medication out of sight and in a safe and secure place.

MONITOR: Keep track of your medication and take only as directed. Monitor your remaining doses. And, don’t share your medication with others.

TAKE BACK: If you live in Auburn or Lincoln, drop off unused or expired medications at the locations mentioned on the attached flyer on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you live outside of Auburn and Lincoln, please visit our website for a list of permanent drop off locations.

6th Annual Raising Placer Leadership Retreat

In June of 2021, we hosted a Leadership Retreat
If you missed any of the sessions, you can watch the recordings below.

Session 1:
Kick Off Day

Session 1a:
Get Out and Play with Disc Golf – Respecting our Game!

Join in for a fun day in nature, and learn the basics of disc golf to encourage a healthy outlet. We will be discussing the importance of respect and equality on and off the field. Serenity will be sharing her greatest tips on how to play disc golf effectively while having fun too! Each participant will be receiving discs donated by Throw Pink Disc Golf, and goodie bags put together from El Dorado disc sports and other sponsors, along with some other surprises!

Host: Serenity Madison is the 2021 United States Women’s Disc Golf Champion, an aspiring Professional Disc Golfer, competing nationwide in the disc golf scene. She is sponsored by organizations like Throw Pink Disc Golf, Sublime Disc Dyes, Legit Apparel, and FlighTowel. 

Session 1b:
Creating Shields of Strength Art Project

Learning to understand ourselves, our families, our community through storytelling, art and writing fun.

Host: Stan Padilla is a community artist, storyteller and educator. He has been working with youth for over 40 years.

Session 1c:
Finding Your Medicine

Sierra Native Alliance will facilitate this session where youth will learn about the tradition and symbolism of medicine bags and healing herbs. Each participant will have an opportunity to create their own “medicine” bag with local herbs and plants and share in the talking circle.

Host: Loren Nakai, Navajo is a certified SUD counselor, received BS Industrial Organization Psychology East Bay University. Loren has 20 years of experience providing traditional health education, spiritual advisement and traditional counseling services in the Native American community. Being a traditional singer, enjoys working with youth, elders and all walks of life.v

Session 2:
Game Changers – A Creative Space for Gamers & Content Creators (Unlocking YouTube, Twitch & More)

In this workshop, we will explore the world of Content Creation & Live-Streaming, through the lens of Gamers, Videographers, YouTubers, Artists, Musicians, Actors, Entertainers and Hip Hop Educators.

Students/Participants will hear from a variety of creators & learn about the tools they use to create; with time reserved for Q&A.

As a group we will discuss what it takes to start a Twitch or YouTube channel, different creative approaches, how to effectively build a following and more.

We will also share tips for internet safety and how best to deal with online bullying, trolls etc

Participants will be encouraged to share about their (channel) ideas and goals.

And to plan/brainstorm creative ways to get a message out to the world, using these tools and their platform.

Hosts: Rocky Zapata with “Gamechanger Team” youth and our mentors, Courtney Chambers and DJJ Joseph Torres, CoU’RaGe Christian Couto & Duston Machado

About the Hosts:

  • Rocky Zapata: Videographer/ Editor/ Youth Mentor/ Community Organizer/  Public Speaker/ Podcast Producer/ Event Planner/ Co-founder of Auburn Hip Hop Congress 
  • DJJ: Hip-Hop Artist/ Producer/ Public Speaker/ Twitch Streamer/ Content Creator 
  • Courtney Chambers: Actor/ Casting/ Content Creator, Holistic Health Practitioner/ Beauty & Lifestyle Expert
  • Christian Couto aka Couhustlehard: Emcee/Podcaster/ Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Counselor/ Youth Mentor/ Advocate/ Gamechanger 
  • Duston Machado: Muralist/ Visual Artist/ Graff Writer/ Graphic Designer/ YouTuber 

Session 3:
Stand Up! Speak out! Make Change! – How to Make a Positive Difference in Your Community

In this workshop, we will hear from youth working on some exciting projects in their communities. We will also break down a simple model/template that contributes to youth making great change. Leaders from local youth groups are also invited to share what they are excited to be working on! Whether you are already connected with a group making a difference in the community or would like to get involved in issues that are important to you, this workshop will give you the foundation to make real change.

Host: Natalie Zapata is the Co-Founder of local youth arts group, Auburn Hip Hop Congress and also a small nontraditional high school, Academy of BLAH (Business, Leadership, Arts & Humanities). She has been working with youth to make a difference in her community for 25+ years.

Session 4
R.A.P. (Rhythm and Poetry)

Join us as local finest Real Raza Music, and International Touring Artist, J Ross Parrelli, join together for Rhythm and Poetry. Using art, music, and movement, students will build awareness of self, community, creativity, and culture. We will provide opportunities for students to discover and utilize their voice in effective means of communication, healing, entertainment, and connection. Students will explore beat making, lyric and song writing, and the basics of recording, using Bandlab (smartphone and chrome compatible).

Hosts: J Ross Parrelli & Raza

About the Host: 
J Ross – Teaching Artist/ Mentor/ AUSD Board of Education, co-founder, Curriculum Development, and Creative Director

Session 5: 
Hope from the Heart

Going through challenging times is almost a certainty, especially for teenage community leaders.  Join the Hope Dealer to learn the science behind living and thriving through your challenges, gaining perspective along your journey, and offering a helping hand to those less fortunate.

Host: Jeremy Bates, the HOPE Dealer, uses music and storytelling to engage and inspire hope. “Often times we understand who we are by first exploring who we are not. In times of challenge, we learn about ourselves by how we engage hope for a brighter future.”

Join Placer County Youth Commission

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If you would like to help make a change in your community, have some fun, and meet amazing new people, apply for the Placer County Youth Commission. PCYC is group of youth from all over Placer County that works together to address issues impacting youth right now.

​Currently accepting applications for the 2021/2022 year. All applications are DUE May 31, 2021, by 11:59 pm.