Youth Summit The objective of the Youth Summit is to create an avenue where Riverside County youth can discuss issues that are affecting their lives and their community. Each year a topic(s) is selected to discuss at the summit based on previous feedback from participants and the Youth Summit Planning Committee. Motivational speakers and various county agencies, assist in creating a forum where youth can engage and speak out about how this particular topic is affecting their lives and communities. The ultimate goal of the Youth Summit is to discuss these issues, to provide a solution, and to improve the present and future lives of Riverside County youth. Our thirteenth annual Youth Partnership Summit was held on March 7, 2013 at University of California, Riverside. This year students had opportunity to enjoy workshops that focused around health and safety. The workshop topics included: • Self-Defense & Personal Safety • Distracted and Driving • Tolerance The workshops sought to provide teens with the important warning signs and ways to deal with these problems in their individual schools. Youth in Government Day Youth in Government Day provides an opportunity for Youth Advisory Council Members to learn first hand how local county government functions. During this one day event council members job shadow county employees and spend time learning about the specific duties of the department they are assigned to. This event also permits for the youth participants to get a better idea of what their future career paths may be. As a result of this event, youth council members have the opportunity to learn about local County government and the wide array of occupational opportunities that the County of Riverside offers. Youth Commission Retreat During the Youth Commission Retreat, Youth Advisory Council members from all five supervisorial districts have the opportunity to meet and learn valuable leadership skills that will be utilized throughout the year as they participate in their district Youth Advisory Councils. Each year a motivational speaker is selected to kick of the event and bring the councils together as they begin their relationship in addressing youth issues in the County of Riverside. In addition, participants are given the opportunity to brainstorm and work together in identifying and coordinating the Youth Commission and Youth Council goals for the year.