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Change Makers Event, 2017

Change Makers Gala 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!

Change Makers Event, 2017

September 16, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!

Our marquee fundraising event will be held at the Gilroy Gardens Pavilion, 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA 95020. View Venue Map

Reception & Mariachi begin at 5:30pm, and the event goes until 10:00pm.

Sponsorships and tickets available! Contact Eduardo at eddy@youthall.org.

To purchase tickets, click HERE or the link below:


This year’s event is not to be missed and will include live entertainment, dinner and dancing. A celebration of Change Makers (like yourself), and a special recognition of a nominated community member for their outstanding and exemplary work. Through our donors, sponsors, and volunteers, the Youth Alliance helps effect change and create a more aspiring and engaging community for our youth; as well as raises critical funds to sustain our outreach and highly needed support services in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Benito County.

Special Thanks to our 2017 Change Makers Sponsors

LEAD Sponsors

Gilroy Gardens



GROW Sponsors


ENGAGE Sponsors

Sponsorship levels are offered at the tiers below and will provide expanding levels of recognition, logo opportunities, and program recognition.

LEAD $4,000

• Prominent Sponsor Recognition at Event and Name and Logo Placement throughout Reception
• Recognition on all Marketing Collateral, Press Releases, and Social Media
• Extensive publicity via traditional and social media platforms before and after event
• Reserved Table for 10 Guests
• Recognition on YA Website
• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Event Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee

CONNECT $2,000

• Reserved Table for 10 Guests
• Recognition on YA Website
• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Event Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee

GROW $1,000

• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee
• 6 Event Tickets


• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee
• 2 Event Tickets

Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Eddy Navarro at eddy@youthall.org or give us a call at 831.636.2853.


Please help Youth Alliance keep programs available for children and teens in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Benito County!

Every day is a good day to give to YA! Please see below for donation opportunities.

Only $10 makes a difference!

You can make a difference! San Benito GIVES online fundraiser is now through May 16, 2017

While this fundraising’s limited-time incentives have ended, we still invite you to support our organization with a charitable donation.

Every day is a good day to give to YA! Please see below for donation opportunities.

Just $10 can make a difference for the youth in San Benito!

Better Lives Through Giving Join us for a 24-hr online fundraiser starting now through May 16th

Please help Youth Alliance keep programs available for children and teens in San Benito, Gilroy, and Morgan Hill!

$10 Makes a Difference! Donate today at: https://www.razoo.com/story/YouthAll

Mejorar Vida’s a travez de la Donación Acompáñenos en esta campaña en linea las 24hrs hasta el 16 de mayo del 2017.

Por favor apoye a Youth Alliance mantener nuestros programas activos para niños/niñas y jóvenes en San Benito, Gilroy, y Morgan Hill!

$10 Hace la diferencia! Done hoy en: https://www.razoo.com/story/YouthAll

Youth Alliance Honored by the 2016 California Peace Award!

California Peace Award 2016

Youth Alliance Receives the 2016 California Peace Award


Youth Alliance was awarded the California Peace Award at National Night Out on August 2, 2016.  Asm. Luis Alejo’s representative, Javier Gomez, congratulated Executive Director, Diane Ortiz and the YA team for its contribution to the success and sustainability of programs and outreach that “enhance the community’s quality for the entire population and instill a great sense of pride in those individuals associated with” YA. In addition, YA was honored for “its exemplary record of civic engagement and community service,” all while acknowledging the importance of investing in our youth as prominent leaders of our community. YA is committed to investing and empowering these young leaders as agents of change not only for themselves but for their community as a whole. YA is on the forefront of our communities’ social uplifting–providing a much more socially conscious narrative in which our youth are seen as leaders and role-models for the rest of the community.


“YA is proud to be honored for investing in local youth for over 20 years. Our entire community benefits from our youth leaders when they are living proof that investing in their education and life success truly works.” – Diane Ortiz, Executive Director

Tech Wizards | Teen & Adult Mentors Needed

There is a great opportunity with the University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Youth Alliance to guide and mentor 3rd and 4th grade students through hands-on science activities. Tech Wizards is looking for committed individuals who are able to take on a weekly, year long commitment to make a difference in the lives of young children through mentoring.

Mentor benefits include: Training & experience, earning community service hours, monthly bus pass, free t-shirt and a letter of recommendation.

Where & When: 

  • Calaveras Elementary (Hollister) | Thursdays | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • RO Hardin Elementary (Hollister) | Wednesdays | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Glen View Elementary (Gilroy) | Thursdays | 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Join us at Orientation:

• Thursday, February 16, 2016 | 9:00am – 10:30am | Youth Alliance Office | 310 4th Street, #101 | Hollister


• Thursday, February 16, 2016 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Wheeler Gym (next to Gilroy Library) | 250 W. 6th Street | Gilroy

RSVP Contact:

Rosio Valadez | rosio@youthall.org | 831.673.9611 (mobile)



‘Destined for great things’

“I am a leader.” “I am not ghetto.” “I am not incapable of being interested in mathematics and the sciences.” “I am destined for great things.” As part of a new school reform campaign, a statewide coalition of students from low-income families is posting statements on Twitter and Facebook that are both poignant and backed by research about system change: If you want schools to improve, they say, believe in us.

The student statements are one element of a campaign to upend stereotypes, support teachers who work with students from diverse backgrounds and urge schools to create communities where it is understood that all students can succeed. The campaign, organized by the advocacy group Californians for Justice and its Student Voice project, was launched at a kickoff event at Roosevelt Middle School in Oakland this month that included a keynote address by Lupita Cortez Alcalá, California’s deputy superintendent, and a panel discussion with Gordon Jackson, director of student services for the California Department of Education. A Long Beach launch event is scheduled for Nov. 19.

Click Here to read the complete article…

My School My Rights Website - ACLU

My School My Rights

Last week the ACLU of California’s Education Team launched www.myschoolmyrights.com  a website and advocacy campaign dedicated towards ensuring that every California student knows their rights when it comes to education. In California, one out of five students does not graduate from high school within the four years despite the fact that EVERY CALIFORNIA STUDENT HAS A RIGHT TO AN EDUCATION. Let’s all support the ACLU’s campaign to STOP THE PUSH-OUT of California students by educating youth about their rights.

Please help us educate and empower California students:

  1. Share www.MySchoolMyRights.com on Facebook, Twitter, and with all the youth you know!
  2. Share the student macros and memes on the My School My Rights website on your social media accounts to promote student rights and the My School My Rights campaign.
  3. Talk to your youth about their rights and print any of the downloadable PDFs on their site that explain important areas of student rights.

On September 14, 2015, a Texas high school freshman Ahmed Mohamed was led away from campus in handcuffs and suspended for three days for bringing a homemade digital clock to school. The announcement of the website’s launch contends that Ahmed’s story is a reminder that we must support our students and their rights.

By visiting www.MySchoolMyRights.com, or on our Mobile Justice App., California students can learn about their specific rights related to:

Students can also read powerful stories of other California students whose rights were violated at school and their efforts to take action.

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