By Vicki Phillips | Special to the OBSERVER
More than 50 college students from excessive faculties all through YOLO County not too long ago attended an African American Student Leadership Conference at Woodland Community College.
The occasion, hosted by the YOLO County Office of Education and the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA), supplied youth with entertaining and academic messages about historical past, info about COVID-19 and inspired them to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
One of the occasion’s audio system, Brandon Brown, CEO of a nationwide program referred to as School Yard Rap, engaged college students by way of rap, earlier than sharing health-related messages about COVID-19.
This session was amongst a number of all through the state hosted by CAAASA in partnership with native faculty districts, as a part of its outreach marketing campaign, for the previous 12 months, to encourage youth to get vaccinated towards COVID-19.
“This was a fantastic opportunity in which to engage youth about history and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time,” mentioned Michael Dennis, CAAASA’s Project Manager. “We look forward to sharing the facts about COVID-19 with other groups of students.”
Youth finishing the survey after the program indicated that they realized rather a lot about COVID-19 and located the program to be useful.
Founded in 1993, CAAASA, an schooling fairness and advocacy group, works by way of collaboration, network-building and direct group engagement to advertise the success of African American, Latinx and different underserved California Ok-12 public faculty college students and households. CAAASA’s members embrace faculty superintendents, directors, lecturers and different instructional professionals from all through California; a lot of whom stay and/or work in the AV space. Although its main focus is schooling, CAAASA has been at the forefront of quite a few points impacting the well being of the African American group