Addressing Youth Violence and Suicide in Santa Barbara County

Summit on Youth Safety and Wellness Presented by South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety

Open to the Public, Registration Required for Event Held July 16 in Downtown Santa Barbara

Goleta, CA June 28, 2018 – In response to national and local threats of violence at schools and the rising rates of suicide among adolescents, the South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety (SCTFYS) is holding a summit to address the top issues around youth safety and wellness in the local community. The organizers are providing a forum for youth, parents, educators, physical and mental health professionals, social service providers, law enforcement and others to engage in solution-based discussions to promote youth safety and wellness. Topics to be covered at the Summit – held on July 16 in downtown Santa Barbara – are school safety, suicide prevention, human trafficking, and other youth challenges and community concerns in Santa Barbara County.

Keynote speaker Jerry Tello, noted author and educator on preventing youth violence and strengthening families will open the Summit, followed by an overview from Saul Serrano, Coordinator of the South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety, with local data and trends affecting youth throughout the region. Afternoon breakout sessions will address a range of subjects including School Safety Strategies, suicide prevention, and stopping the commercial sexual-exploitation of children in the County. A highlight of the Summit is a presentation by a diverse panel of local young people who will offer their first-hand account of issues that affect their everyday life, and will discuss their unique perspective on local resources and accessibility.

“Participants of past summits have shared that they walk away with a better understanding of issues affecting youth and families in our community,” said Serrano, SCTFYS Coordinator and one of the event’s producers. “They have also shared that they value the networking and connections made throughout the day.” This Summit is the most recent in a series of annual gatherings and summits on youth safety in Santa Barbara County held since 2011.

Over 200 people are expected to attend the South Coast Youth Safety and Wellness Summit to be held at the Carrillo Recreation Center in downtown Santa Barbara on Monday July 16 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Because space is limited, registration is required at or by calling 805 964-8857 x 1135

The South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety is a regional partnership that includes the County of Santa Barbara, and the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria.  It also includes elected officials, local government agencies and executives, law enforcement, education, faith community, philanthropic and community-based organizations, youth and parents. The mission of the South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety is to connect, mobilize and align community resources to enhance the safety and quality of life for youth, their families and the community. The South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety is administered by the Community Action Commission (CAC) of Santa Barbara County. More information available at

About CAC

Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County creates opportunities for families and individuals to achieve stability through its 22 health and human service programs, including Head Start, Healthy Senior Lunch, Weatherization and Energy Assistance, Family & Youth Services, and 2-1-1 Santa Barbara. CAC serves more than 10,000 people throughout the county each year. It also employs over 400 health, education and social service workers and is one of Santa Barbara County’s largest employers. Community Action Commission is a private non-profit agency that leverages support for Santa Barbara County residents through private funding as well as government contracts and grants.  More information available at

PRESS CONTACT: Sheri Mobley 805 845-5627

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