Half Moon Bay Programs

Half Moon Bay has three distinct programs at Half Moon Bay and Pilarcitos high schools, and currently has approximately ~50 youth participants. Most of these youth hail from working-class communities, immigrant families, and first-generation college backgrounds. They organize community service opportunities, advocate for safe and healthy environments, and work on policies that benefit youth. CYC is part of Friday Night Live (FNL), a statewide organization that addresses underage substance abuse.

Read their Finding Waves Making Changes 2015 Findings & Recommendations (PDF)

Underage Drinking

Friday Night Live – a statewide effort to reduce youth access to alcohol – engages youth at Half Moon Bay and Pilarcitos High Schools to work on Social Norms Campaigns, which challenge young people’s perceptions around underage drinking. By collecting from their peers through surveys and other research tools, youth show that drinking isn’t nearly as prevalent as it seems and use positive messaging to encourage healthy activities. Through this process, youth gain leadership, community building, and networking skills.

Half Moon Bay High School students are invited to join our meetings every Wednesday at 12:30pm via zoom – you can sign up here!!

For more information at Half Moon Bay High School, contact Rubi Salazar: [email protected]

Pilarcitos High School students are invited to join our meetings every Monday at 11:30am – you can sign up here!!

For more information at Pilarcitos High School, contact Rod Spikes: [email protected]

Housing and Transportation

This group emerged out of the Transportation Equity Allied Movement (TEAMC) – a countywide effort that drove the recent passage of Measure W, which will raise money for equitable and environmentally conscious transportation projects for years to come. Their role in this campaign included conducting research on youth needs and representing youth voice in the coalition. They are now focused on affordable, transit-oriented housing for underserved communities in Half Moon Bay.

For more information, contact Eduardo Gonzalez: [email protected]

Past Program: Climate Action Adaption Plan

In addition to these ongoing programs, yli has been contracted to represent youth in Half Moon Bay’s Climate Action Adaptation Plan (CAAP). In June 2019, we were awarded a grant of $12,500 to partner with Half Moon Bay High teachers to present to over 500 high school students about the impacts of climate change. Following the presentations, we held a series of focus groups and collected surveys to gather data on youth priorities related to the impacts of climate change in Half Moon Bay.

For more information, contact Adam Wilson: [email protected]