By Vicki Stockbridge
Greetings from  the SYLP Volunteer Coordinating  Team.  Things are coming together for the upcoming WayUp Sacramento Youth Leadership Program Summer Camp for the incoming 9th graders within the Sac City Unified School District.

The SYLP (Sacramento Youth Leadership Program) camp has morphed into something amazing in 2012–a 3-day/2-night camp for 500 incoming 9th graders at Sacramento State University, to be held July 31, August 1, and August 2.

Thanks to a partnership with WayUp Sacramento, the YDN and the Sacramento City Unified School District (and the Summer of Service program), this program will help enormous numbers of incoming 9th graders to develop a stronger sense of empowerment and leadership through a dynamic camp experience led by YDN staff, SYLP alumni, and youth and adult leaders from the schools which the 9th graders will attend in August.

This year’s theme:

Evolution 2 Revolution: Leadership is Not an Option

We have a host of amazing volunteers to help keep everything running smoothly (thanks to YDN partners, WayUp Sacramento, and Starbucks), but we still need more!  That’s where you come in. Its as easy as registering online if you’d like to be a part of this amazing camp experience that is sure to cause huge positive ripples in the Sacramento universe. There are dozens of different roles you could fill, depending on your preference: registration, crowd control, supplies/materials, gopher/floater, late-night security shift (since students will be staying overnight in dorms).

We all want to make this volunteer experience the most rewarding and meaningful as possible.  To assist in this, we’ve included the attached flyer which outlines additional details about the opportunity.  We ask folks interested in supporting camp to please take a few minutes to complete and submit the volunteer registration form or  jump online at to share your interests and availability.

Once your completed form is received (faxed, emailed or online) one of our volunteer coordination team members will be contacting you to discuss in more detail your selections  and availability. We will also provide you with the forms and process necessary to complete the fingerprinting/background check, TB testing, and which orientation date works best for you to attend (Mon. July 16th or Mon. July 23rd – 6:00pm-7:30pm).

Again, we are excited about your possible involvement and look forward to our efforts together to support youth change!

Please feel free to share this information with others that you feel might be interested in volunteering to support this effort.  And give me a call if you have any questions for for further clarification.