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Everything from how to find a job or preparing for college to how to make a film to dating relationships will be offered to the youth who attend the 16th Annual Youth Conference & Empowerment Summit. Formerly known as the Youth Summit, this year’s countywide gathering of young people from 6th grade through high school, will discover that have a plethora of new offerings for their workshops, an integral part of the summit, which will be held at Pittsburg High School on May 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The first 250 youth who walk through the door will get a free summer bus pass. A tasty lunch will also be offered. The entire day is free. Plus a musical concert has been added to cap the daylong event.
“We are changing the flavor of the summit this year,” says Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover, who sponsors the conference. “We are updating some of the workshops and offering new ones to make them more relevant to today’s youth. There’s a stronger emphasis on the STEM fields and how the new technology affects our everyday lives.”
The charismatic Shaun Derrick will be returning for the third year to emcee the proceedings and to guide the youth through the day’s activities.
“He connects with young people through straight talk and music,” says Glover.
The youth summit will start the day with a team of Deer Valley High School graduates who will give the keynote presentation.
Lenard The KYD Jackson, who graduated Deer Valley High School two years ago, is being joined by Team KYD, which includes fellow DVHS alumni Lawrence Eyo White, Jr., Cherokee White and Ledell Jones. Performing at the annual youth conference is a way of giving back to their community. The interactive presentation called Talkback will consist of comedy skits, standup comedy and a personal testimony from KYD members and a Q&A with the students.
Since he left Antioch, KYD has worked in film, stage and in comedy clubs. As an actor and a musician, he has worked with Kevin Hart, Paul Mooney, Dick Gregory, Sinbad, Charlie Murphy and Condoleeza Rice.
Eyo White and Ledell Jones are still students at LMC and Cherokee White is a student at San Francisco State University.
Following the conference, students who stay for the entire conference will be treated to a free, live concert featuring up and coming artist Samaria, a 19‐year-old singer from Oakland who is on the verge of breaking out. Her music has a 1990’s R&B vibe to it but her sound is so distinct that it extends beyond just R&B or soul. Her sound cannot be placed into a box. Samaria said her musical style is heavily influenced by her heritage ‐ Jamaican and Puerto Rican.
One of the more intriguing workshops will talk about the results of a research project by Rising Youth for Social Equity, based in Richmond. It will explore the coping strategies for stress caused by living in an environment where friends and family are shot and killed is an everyday experience of growing up. The young people growing in such a stressful environment are showing signs of PTSD, a malady usually associated with veterans of warfare.
Here’s a sampling of the other 40 workshops being offered:
•Navigating the media maze
•Empowering youth to change communities
•Find your voice, find your ‘hustle’
•Building a rocket
•How to cope with violence
•Access to new technologies
•How to build a robot
•The alcohol industry’s marketing towards youth
•Trademarks of an effective leader
With Team KYD, Samaria and M.C. Shaun Derrick, almost 40 workshops, resource tables, fun activities and a free lunch Y.ASSEMBLE will be a full day for young people. Doors will open at 8 a.m. For the day’s schedule and a list of the workshops, go to YASSEMBLE.CO or YASSEMBLE.eventbrite.com. The free concert starts about 4:15 p.m. and is open only to YASSEMBLE participants.
“I hope the event opens the eyes of the young people,” said Glover. “Through the inspirational speakers, resources and opportunities that we’re offering and the impact of the day will help them make some critical choices in their lives. That’s what it’s all about.”
Y.ASSEMBLE Youth Conference & Empowerment Summit
Saturday, May 21, 2016
9 a.m. ‐ 4 p.m.
Pittsburg High School
1750 Harbor Street, Pittsburg
From the APD Facebook page – Please come join us this Thursday, May 12 from 5-9 pm at the Antioch Chili’s Grill & Bar, located in the Slatten Ranch Shopping Center at 5809 Lone Tree Way, when members of the police department once again participate in Tip-a-Cop and work as celebrity waiters to raise money for Special Olympics of Northern California.
Click on this link, print the coupon, bring it with you, and enjoy some great food while raising money for an amazing cause. Hope to see you there!
The Antioch Police Department is excited to announce the 70th installment of the Neighborhood Cleanup Program. This is a collaborative community effort which involves active participation from the Antioch Police Department, Crime Prevention Commission, Neighborhood Watch Program, Volunteers In Police Service, community volunteers and the Public Works Department.
Collectively, “We”, everyone who works and lives in the City of Antioch, can make a difference and improve the quality of life. It’s our community and it’s our chance to make a difference.
The City of Antioch Neighborhood Cleanup program is not just for residential neighborhoods. It is a program that will change venues on a monthly basis and it will include business and commercial areas as well. Neighborhoods that are free of trash and refuse are inviting, and a clean community instills a sense of community pride.
The 70th Neighborhood Cleanup event will occur on Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the Live Oak School parking lot. We will be cleaning the neighborhoods between G and F Streets from 17t to 11th Street. See map, here: CityCleanUp70
If you have a suggestion for a future cleanup area, please inform the assigned Volunteer in Police Services (VIP) or you can call (925) 779- 6878. If there is no answer please feel free to leave a message regarding your suggested cleanup area.
Remember, cleaning up your neighborhood can make life better for your family, your neighbors and your community!
By Allen Payton
About 300 people attended the annual Antioch Prayer Breakfast at the Lone Tree Golf & Event Center, Thursday morning, to pray as part of the National Day of Prayer. This year’s theme was “Wake Up, America.”
The event, held on the first Thursday of May, each year, included prayers for our nation, state and local officials, military, businesses, as well as schools and students, led by various pastors and individuals.
Antioch Mayor Wade Harper opened the morning event with the Pledge of Allegiance and by quoting from the Bible, Second Chronicles, chapter seven, verse 14: “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
He said “Prayer is not a spectator sport. You have to join in,” then led the audience in an opening prayer.
Those in attendance were also treated to a capella renditions of America the Beautiful and God Bless America by Emery Williams of The Church @ Antioch, and sang along with her during the latter song.
Pastor Larry Navilhon or Cornerstone Christian Center offered a prayer for our nation and state. SMS John Steger, USAF, Retired then prayed for the military. He was followed by Shantell Owens of Dickey’s Barbeque Pit who prayed for businesses in our community. Tim Forrester of the Antioch Unified School District then offered a prayer for our students and schools, followed by Pastor Kent Valentine of Calvary Open Bible Church who prayers for our local community and families.
Each time a prayer was said for a different level of government or different segment of our community, those who serve or work in that area were asked to stand.
Led by event coordinator Mike Pollard, those gathered then stood and joined in reciting this year’s National Prayer, written by Dr. Tony Evans, this year’s Honorary Chairman, as follows:
Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation. First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world. The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how some try to rewrite history to deny that very fact today.
This is why our hearts are so broken over how You continue to be marginalized and dismissed by both our people and our institutions. We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society.
It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our carnality and recommit ourselves to becoming visible and verbal disciples of Jesus Christ. Enable us, by Your Spirit, to no longer be secret agent Christians but rather to publicly declare and live out Your truth in a spirit of love so that You feel welcome in our country once again.
Thank You for Your promise to hear our prayers when we call to You with hearts of repentance and obedience, which is how we are appealing to You today, Father. On behalf of Your church, we affirm afresh the priority You are to us that You would fill every dimension of our lives as we seek to bring You glory through the advancement of Your kingdom in our personal lives, our family lives, and in the lives of our churches and our government leaders. We confidently invite heaven’s intervention into all the affairs of our nation and we praise You in advance for Your answer.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
For more information about the annual observance, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
There will be lots of positions to be filled!
WHAT: The Contra Costa County Fair will be holding a Job Fair and interviews on Saturday, May 7th. Applications and interviews will take place for the 2016 Contra Costa Contra Costa County Fair which will be held Thursday June 2nd – Sunday, June 5th. Available positions include but are not limited to: parking and ticket sellers, ticket takers, parking attendants, customer service representatives, janitorial staff, maintenance staff, security guards and more. Fair Management and Department Supervisors are looking for people with a strong work ethics and a high level of customer service who want to be part of the Contra Costa County Fair event. Interested applicants must bring their photo ID and a social security card to the Job Fair. Applications will be available to fill out on-site or are available on-line in advance under the “About Us” tab at www.contracostafair.com
WHEN: Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Contra Costa County Fairgrounds Office, 1201 West 10th Street, Antioch
WHY: Each year the Contra Costa County Fair hires roughly 50 – 100 people to work at the annual event, not including the local employees hired directly by our individual food vendors, carnival providers and Livestock department. We are looking for top-notch workers who believe in keeping the Contra Costa County Fair a place where families can expect superior customer service. The goal with the Job Fair is to create a greater level of awareness among Contra Costa County residents that these job opportunities exist at the Contra Costa County Fair. The fact that we are hiring hard working local residents creates a big opportunity for those looking for work.