2018 Youth Conference

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The Walnut Creek Youth Leadership Commission held a Youth Conference on June 27, 2018 at Civic Park.

The goal of the day was to energize, engage and empower the next leaders in Walnut Creek. Attendees learned how to become more active in the community, engaged with an inspiring keynote speaker and youth panel, learned about job and volunteer opportunities, registered to vote, watched performances by local bands and dance groups, experienced an art show and win raffle prizes. 

The event was FREE, open to all ages and there was  food available for purchase. 

Conference Schedule 


Keynote Speaker  

Shelina Noorali is an incoming graduate student at Columbia University pursuing a Master of Public Administration. She previously worked with Sacramento International Rescue Committee (IRC) providing economic development and recovery services to newly arrived refugees and asylees. She founded IGNITE National’s UC Davis Chapter in 2014 to encourage more women to seek elected office and become civically engaged. Shelina spent the bulk of her last two years at UC Davis leading events through IGNITE, advocating in Washington D.C. for women’s reproductive rights, and conducting research on state capacity and economic growth.


Getting your first and next job

A discussion between business owners and youth on how to get your first or next job and what young folks need from their employers. 


Lunch and Entertainment

Chat with organizations at their booths, grab food, check out the art show, listen and watch performances by:

North Gate Jazz Band

miniMODE-FUNKMODE Youth Performance Company 

Dance Connection 

1:00-2:00pm How Can You Make a Difference in Our Community?

Get energized, engaged and empowered by hearing from some of your inspiring peers 


Booths/Raffle Prizes/Call to Action 

Continue visiting booths, check out the art show,  take selfies, enter your booth passport into the raffle  





Attendees showed off their talent and had the chance to win prizes by submitting an art piece to the Conference Art Show. Here were the requirements: 

  • Unique original design
  • 2-D work must be no more than 16" by 16"
  • 3D work must be no more than 6"x 6"x 8" 
  • No more than 10lbs
  • Art themes should include: empowering youth, youth having a voice in the community, youth taking action to better the world and Walnut Creek community values

Artists who were interested in submitting work took a photo of their submission and sent to wcyouthcommission@gmail.com by June 20, 2018. Only 25 submissions were be accepted. 


Are you a business, organization and/or group that's interested in participating?

Here were some options:

  • Booth:  Showcase your business, promote job/volunteer/internship opportunities (current and future), offer food/snacks etc.  
  • Raffle prizes: Each conference participant will have a “passport” that requires them to stop by each booth and get a stamp. Those with completed passports will be entered into a raffle.  We need raffle prizes!
  • Swag: Showcase your business with a  “swag bag.” We’ll provide it to attendees.


Please contact Carla Hansen, Assistant to the City Manager, hansen@walnut-creek.org if you have questions.