Homelessness Ad hoc: In an effort to spread awareness around the issue of homelessness in our community, and to bring attention to the need for more housing, this committee held a public Youth Forum on Homelessness on March 29, 2017 at Chops Teen Center, featuring speakers from partner organizations that provide services to the homeless population and bring information of these services to those who need it most.
Human Trafficking Ad hoc: Once again, this committee is working to bring facts, stories, and statistics about the human trafficking that exists in our own community into global studies and human interaction classes in area high schools. In an attempt to address the misconceptions of victims and perpetrators, the group will create a documentary-style video – Strong Survival – to generate conversations about what human trafficking looks like, and to motivate other students to take action in ending this modern-day form of slavery.
LGBTQ+ Ad hoc: This committee worked to establish Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ students in Sonoma County middle schools, by doing outreach to school administrators and educators and providing free Safe Space Program Kits. A letter was sent in February, and the ad hoc presented to the staff at the Santa Rosa Middle School.
Poverty & Food Insecurity Ad hoc: In 2016, the Sonoma Hunger Index stated that about 70,000 families, or 36% of all households, missed some 34 million meals even with the well-functioning assistance programs in place. To help address this issue, this committee established a series of 24-hour Fights To End Food Insecurity In Sonoma County. Participants were asked to abstain from eating for 24 hours to truly understand how it feels to struggle with food insecurity. The ad hoc raised over $3,000 for the Redwood Empire Food Bank, an amount that provides for over 6,000 meals.
Racial Equality in Sonoma County Ad hoc: With a goal of promoting awareness of the racial issues that exist in our community, this committee conducted an anonymous, online peer-to-peer survey that was open to all Sonoma County high school students to evaluate racial climate in their schools. A letter was sent to high school administrators in Sonoma County requesting their help in promoting the survey. The survey was available in English and Spanish. The committee will look to next year's cohort to further analyze the data and create subsequent recommendations to improve school climate towards racial equality (Editor's note: the 2017-18 committee sent out the report on February 7, 2018.)
This committee also administrates the Facebook page Real Humans of Sonoma County, telling stories from our diverse community. https://www.facebook.com/realhumansofsonomacounty/