1st YDPN Power

Power through a Network of Peers


Quarterly Outlook - Introducing YDPN Power!

This is a first in what we hope to be quarterly communications (or as we have information to share) to our members called YDPN Power!.  We are a growing Network that hopes to meet your needs as a youth worker.  In the past, we have been asked to forward events, opportunities, and information from our members.  This new format, YDPN Power!, is our way to meet your requests. 


Each quarter, we will have a standard format for ease of use.  This format will include Quarterly Outlook (an overview of YDPN Power and highlights from the YDPN), Youth Worker Spotlight (an opportunity for you to meet your peers), Organization Highlight (an opportunity for you to learn more about organizations within the Bay Area), Events (an abbreviated list of events throughout the Bay Area), Funding for Youth (opportunities for you and/or your youth to apply for funding), Organization Links (an abbreviated list of youth development organizations), and lastly Job Opportunities (any job opportunities we know about). 


In this quarter, we are proud to Spotlight Marquez Gray and Highlight Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area.  In Events, we bring you YDPN-sponsored: A Day of Rejuvenation and Self Care for Youth Workers.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on this first-ever event! 


The information contained within YDPN Power! is as powerful as our Network because we believe there is Power through a Network of Peers.  Therefore, we rely on YOU to bring your knowledge, events, and opportunities to us for inclusion in YDPN Power!  So please send your comments, ideas, resources, opportunities, etc. to Jason Wyman at isa_aftershcool@yahoo.com.


Youth Worker Spotlight - Marquez Gray

This quarter, we have the pleasure of introducing you to Marquez Gray, Senior Outreach Coordinator for CHALK. 


1.         How long have you been a youth worker?

       2 years


2.         Why and how did you become a youth worker?

    To help youth that are and have been in situations similar to mine and let them know they can         do anything they want to do – the resources are out here they just have to go get them. How?             When I was 16 CHALK hired me as an At-Risk youth, and when I was 18 they promoted me to             Adult staff as Youthline's Outreach Coordinator last year I was promoted to CHALK's Senior                 Outreach Coordinator 


3.         What is your passion for continuing the work? 

    My passion is to reach the youth that everyone overlooks.  I feel like GOD has helped me with a         lot of issues that plague our community and has given me the gift to talk to and encourage                     young people to let them know they don’t need to smoke, drink and hustle to survive.  I was one         of those youth, and now I'm a successful young man with goals, so if I can do it I know anyone             else can.


4.         What other passions and interests do you have outside of your job? 

    I'm a Christian & Deacon at my church and my deepest passion is my Lord and Savior Jesus             Christ who has revealed many mysteries to me, and I would love to fulfill my purpose in life.


5.         What do you want other youth workers to know about you?

    This is not a 9 to 5 thing these young people need support 24-7 and if you are not ready to make         that commitment then this is not the field for you.


    6.          Why have you gotten involved with the YDPN or how has the YDPN supported you as a youth                   worker?

    YDPN has given lots of resources and networking opportunities that have been beneficial to me         supporting and giving resources to the young people I work with.


The YDPN thanks Marquez Gray for his contribution to YDPN Power!, and for his commitment to the YDPN by recently joining the Steering Committee.  If you would like to learn more about CHALK or the Youthline, you can visit them at www.chalk.org or www.youthline.org.  To get in touch with Marquez, email him at gray@chalk.org. 


Organization Highlight - Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area

This quarter, we are highlighting the Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area. 


1.         What is the mission of your organization?

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts is the largest non-profit organization devoted to serving girls and young women in the United States. The Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area is a local organization chartered by the Girl Scouts of the USA. We provide support for Girl Scouting and Girl Scout Troops in the Bay Area. The Council headquarters, located in Oakland, California, serves five counties in the Bay Area - Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo. Each county is divided into local organizations called associations. Under the leadership of our CEO and our Board of Directors, we bring Girl Scouting to more than 29,000 girls and nearly 19,000 adults in our community.


2.         How long has your organization been in existence?

The Girl Scouts have existed for more than 90 years. The founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout Troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia. The Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950.


3.         What services and programs do you provide to youth?

We at GSSFBA deliver fun, relevant programs for girls. We promote Girl Scout values and celebrate the girls' achievements. We build a tradition of Girl Scouting in our diverse communities.


The unique geography, landmarks and history of the Bay Area combine with the council's many program facilities to contribute to the amazing opportunities of the Girl Scout experience. Girls can explore marine tidal pools, hike on Mt. Diablo and sail on the Bay as well as experiencing the art, museums, theater, dance, music and food of all the cultures of the world.

A good example of our programs is Girl Scouts Save the Bay!  Girls Scouts Save the Bay is the Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area's "bold audacious project" – girls, their families, neighbors and adult leaders working to protect and restore our San Francisco Bay – our home!

According to Senator Dianne Feinstein, a former Girl Scout herself; “This project will teach these young women that their actions can make a difference.”


4.         How do you support your youth workers?

We offer age development training, program trainings (such as; games, songs, age appropriate activities, interrelationships, etc.), adult improvement, and community based work experience.


5.         Why is your organization involved with the Youth Development Peer Network?

We are involved because we believe in providing opportunities to young people through volunteering and through our programs for older girls. As member of the YDPN we can establish contacts for and create partnerships as well as present opportunities to other organizations to better serve girls.


6.         Is there anything else you’d like to share about your organization with the YDPN?

We believe in “For Every Girl Everywhere “

Through traditional troop organization, community partnerships, camps, special events, and a variety of other programs, the council actively engages girls in their communities with programming that is relevant to them.

The goals for our initiatives are:

To provide key experiences for the healthy development of girls;

To help girls develop a sense of physical and emotional safety;

To encourage relationship building

To foster meaningful participation

To provide opportunities for community involvement

To create challenging learning experiences that will help participants build life skills.




o       YDPN-sponsored: A Day of Rejuvenation and Self Care for Youth Workers Friday, May 12, 2006 from 10am to 2pm at the San Francisco Buddhist Center.  Cost: This gift from the YDPN is free of charge.  Spaces are limited. RSVP with scott@cnyd.org by Wednesday, May 10.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. 


  • Hip Hop Youth Theater: One Night Only!Friday, April 21, 2006 from 7:30-10pm at SOMA Arts Center, 934 Brannan St.; San Francisco, CA.  Visit www.somarts.org for more information. Cost: $5 - $10 donation.


o       CalSAC’s Bay Area Chapter’s Road Show, “A Pocket Full of Ideas” Saturday, 4/29/06, 8:30am-1:45pm at Daly City Parks and Recreation Dept, Doelger Café, 111 Lake Merced Blvd., Daly City, CA 94015, Cost:  $10 for CalSAC members, $20 for non-members, register online at: http://www.calsac.org/events_page.asp?eventID=447.


o       CA Afterschool Challenge, Tuesday 5/2/06, 10am-4pm, Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, visit, www.calsac.org for more information or call 415-957-9775.


o       Join the Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area for an Evening with Madeleine Albright! – Monday, May 8, 2006 at 6PM, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco. For more information or to reserve your seat call(510) 562-8470, ext 115 OR visit the Girl Scouts online at: www.girlscoutsbayarea.org/albright.


o       CalSAC’s Bay Area Chapter’s “Summer Madness” training – Saturday, 5/20/06, 8:30am-2:15pm, Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica, CA 94044, Cost:  $15 for CalSAC members, $30 for non-members, register online at:  http://www.calsac.org/events_page.asp?eventID=451.


o       “Gear Up for Summer Training - One Day, Two Workshops” with Bill Michaelis and Ezra Holland – visit: http://www.calsac.org/events_page.asp?eventID=460 for more information


If you would like your event listed here, please send an email titled: YDPN Power! Event Announcement to Jason Wyman at isa_afterschool@yahoo.com. Please include in your email an external link to your event along with a two sentence description. 


Funding for Youth

San Francisco, CA - Youth Funding Youth Ideas

YFYI is a youth-led program that seeks to foster young San Franciscans with the opportunity to expand on their leadership goals by funding their project ideas. You bring the ideas! We bring the tools and support!  Youth Funding Youth Ideas (YFYI) is a program of C.H.A.L.K., Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids. C.H.A.L.K. is a youth led San Francisco project providing a range of youth services with a specific focus on transformative youth development and employment. CHALK specializes in providing leadership and training opportunities to youth with high-risk characteristics.  Please see the attached application in English, Spanish, and Chinese for more information.  Or visit YFYI at www.chalk.org/yfyi.


If you would like your funding opportunity for youth listed here, please send an email titled: YDPN Power! Funding for Youth to Jason Wyman at isa_afterschool@yahoo.com.  Please include in your email an external link to your funding opportunity for youth along with a two sentence description. 


Organization Links

This quarter, we are proud to highlight organizations that have representatives on the YDPN Steering Committee.  For more information about these organizations, simply check out their website.


Alameda County         Health Care Foundation Model Neighborhood Program (www.achcf.org/programs/MNP/health_career_training.htm)


California School-Age Consortium (www.calsac.org)


CHALK (www.chalk.org)


Community Network for Youth Development (www.cnyd.org)


Gay-Straight Alliance Network (www.gsanetwork.org)


Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area (www.girlscoutsbayarea.org)


Health Initiatives for Youth (www.hify.org) 


San Francisco Unified School District’s School Health Programs (http://portal.sfusd.edu/template/default.cfm?page=chief_dev.health)


If you would like your organization listed here, please send an email titled YDPN Power! Organization Link to Jason Wyman at isa_afterschool@yahoo.com.  Please include in your email an external link to your organization along with two sentences about your organization. 


Job Opportunities

Currently, we are developing this side of our communications.  If you know of an employment opportunity you would like listed here, please send an email titled YDPN Power! Job Opportunity to Jason Wyman at isa_afterschool@yahoo.com.  Please include in your email an external link to the job opportunity along with a two sentence description.


Events Coordinator at CalSAC:  The Event Coordinator implements specific projects in support of CalSAC’s mission and goals and is responsible for planning, organizing and evaluating regional and statewide events, and assisting in member outreach.   To learn more about the position, please see the attached job description.


There are quite a few job listings for the Bay Area on CalSAC’s website.  Please visit: http://www.calsac.org/careers_search.asp to get more information. 



Thank you for taking the time to read YDPN Power!  We hope that this was, is, and will be a useful tool for you as a youth worker in the Bay Area.  If you have any comments, ideas, suggestions, opportunities, etc., please share them with Jason Wyman at isa_afterschool@yahoo.com.  For ease of use, please include YDPN Power! in the subject of all communications. 


Once again, thanks for reading.  And remember...There is Power through a Network of Peers.