We put out a call for our local youth to create videos about how they are dealing with shelter in place and to offer tips for their peers. We are so impressed with the talent and resilience of our youth that we wanted to share these videos with all of you. Please visit our YouTube channel at to check out the videos.

This is a collaborative collage created by over 55 youth and their adult mentors at our 4th Annual Raising Placer Summer Leadership Retreat in Rocklin on July 18, 2019. Coordinated by Coalition for Placer Youth and the Raising Placer Community Collaborative, this session and retreat was facilitated by Odyssey for Youth. Each square was painted by a participant as part of the whole. This leadership practice through art expresses the value we each have as individuals in our community. Without our unique and equally valuable piece, the picture is not complete. While painting their individual pieces, participants learned refusal skills and how to be more supportive peers while practicing self-care.

Some of the other Raising Placer contributing partners and/or participants of this event were:  The Placer County Youth Commission, Coalition for Roseville Youth, Placer County Public Health, Placer County Children’s System of Care, Placer County Youth Empowerment Support Program (Y.E.S.), and Placer County Office of Education. Other partner contributors to this piece were: Odyssey for Youth, Roseville Police Athletic League, Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth, Lincoln Foundry, KidsFirst, Auburn Hip Hop Congress, Wellness Together, the South Placer Teen Center, Core Connectivity, 180 Church, and Sutter Center for Psychiatry; all collaborative partners of Raising Placer.

Placer County Youth Commissioners attend the 2017 Youth Summit in Anaheim, California. See more information below. Click on the photo to the left to see a video of the event co-produced by Friday Night Live and our own Placer County Youth Commissioner, Catherine Colella.  Pictured here from left to right are youth commissioners Claire Jordan, Justin Kim, Catherine Colella, Rahul Bavirisetty, Savannah Rice, Doris Romero and Allisyn Marks.

There is nothing like witnessing youth doing awesome things while having fun!


Placer County Youth Ambassador Srinjay Verma (left) and Placer County Youth Commissioner Mitchell Herbert (right), both Rocklin high school students, participate in prevention activities and training at the 2017 Office of Traffic Safety Youth Summit in Anaheim in September. This event was co-sponsored by the Coalition for Rocklin Youth, the Coalition for Auburn & Lincoln Youth, the Placer County Youth Commission, Friday Night Live and the California Office of Traffic Safety. A total of 13 youth and adults from Placer County attended this 3 1/2 day training with over 700 other youth working on health, wellness and safety prevention efforts from around California

Placer County Youth Commissioners and Placer High School students led a Press Conference in September 2017 regarding the City of Auburn’s new Social Host Ordinance which holds adults accountable for allowing underage drinking or other drug use at parties or gatherings.

Pictured here from left to right are Principal Caminiti, Placer High School, John Ruffcorn, Public Safety Director and Chair of CALY, Supervisor Jim Holmes, Mayor Matt Spokely, Jeff Brown, Director of HHS, Shelley Rogers, CALY Program Director, Christina Ivazes, Public Health Educator and CPY Program Director, Youth Commissioners Claire Jordan, Catherine Colella, Claire Breckenridge, Placer High School student Blake Baughman, and Youth Commissioners Allisyn Marks and Rahul Bavirisetty.

Coalition for Placer Youth members, the Arevalo family of Rocklin, helped spread prevention information to participants of Rocklin’s Hot Chili Cool Cars event September 2017. Over 170 bags and over 1700 materials were shared with event attendees to inform parents and attendees about stress management tips, alcohol, prescription drug and marijuana prevention information. This was all done in the name of fun with stress brains and a kid’s car wash for young ones to cool off in.

Placer County youth and advocates become Trauma-Informed Peers in this session by Pastor Clay Rojas during the 2017 Raising Placer Summer Leadership Retreat.

Rocklin High School senior, Ashley Hay (right front) organized a Debate Competition with her peers to practice debate skills on current issues during the November 16, 2016 Stand-Up Get Down youth event at Johnson Spring View Park in Rocklin. This event was sponsored by Rocklin Parks and Recreation Department, the Coalition for Placer Youth, Auburn Hip-Hop Congress, the Placer County Youth Commission, the Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth, the South Placer Teen Center and a host of other volunteers.

Placer County Youth Commissioners setting up Photovoice and peer art display during November 16, 2016 Stand-Up Get Down youth event in Rocklin.

The Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth’s Photovoice project (pictured here) gives youth the opportunity to tell the story of their environment through their own eyes using photography which often brings to light issues like substance abuse, mental health, and homelessness as well as what they love about their community.

Spring of 2016, Placer County Youth Commissioners held a Press Conference at Whitney High School in Rocklin. Commissioners shared concerns about their peers from binge drinking and underage drinking and discussed the benefits of Social Host Ordinances along with leaders from local law enforcement and government.