The Laguna Niguel Youth Committee met on March 7, 2019 and discussed plans regarding Songs for Seniors, social media outreach, the High School Job and College Fair, the Music Festival and a potential new event for next year.
In the Songs for Seniors event discussion, the subcommittee reported a total of 8 submissions; 3 classical and 5 contemporary pieces were submitted. Most of the applicants were from Dana Hills High School. It was stated that OCSA students would not participate because their school would not accept the community service hours.
The subcommittee for social media accounts reported that they want to keep posting facts about the Live Clean Initiative: February-vaping facts, March- marijuana facts, April-prescription drugs/opioids, and May-alcohol. They also reported that they will advertise our upcoming events with the hopes of increasing attendance through social media posts.
The Youth Committee then discussed the High School Job and College Fair. The list of schools and employers committing to the event keeps growing. During the meeting, the Mayor announced that he had received a text stating that In-N-Out & Tokyo Joes will be attending the event. It was reported that Dana Hills High School and Aliso Niguel High school guidance counselors are sending out information on the event weekly, with a link to LNTeens.org. The Committee has set an attendance goal of 250!
Committee member Natalie Glennon proposed a new event because of the recent suicides. She suggested working with school counselors of middle and high school students, providing a relaxed environment in a restaurant. Other Youth Committee members were concerned that the students who need to connect with counselors may be too anxious to attend a public event. Ideas for hosting this event will be added to next month’s agenda, and the discussion will continue.
The Youth Committee then reviewed the updated event page on Lnteens.org with a link for bands to apply to the Music Festival. A confirmation from a food truck serving Mexican food has been received. The Recreation Supervisor is trying to confirm a dessert truck as well. A discussion of collecting funds for a charity to be named followed. The Youth Committee thought people could either directly donate money, or buy a food ticket and the money would be collected by Parks and Recreation staff.