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SAN JOSE, CA – Sneha Revanur, a senior at Evergreen Valley High School, was announced as one of the California representatives for the 2022 United States Senate Youth Program. Revanur joins her southern California co-representative for an opportunity to get an in-depth view of the Senate and the federal government from March 5-10.
The annual program will celebrate its 60th year of providing students a deeper understanding of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. Through the intensive weeklong program, student representatives meet the highest level of elected and appointed leaders, attend briefings, and spend time with mentors from top departments. Each representative will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship.
High school juniors and seniors across the nation were nominated by educators and principals to participate in the program. Only two representatives from each state and the District of Columbia are chosen based on their extraordinary leadership skills, commitment to their communities, and academic and extracurricular activities.
Aside from establishing her own international youth-led organization, Encode Justice, Revanur is an active member of the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) Youth Advisory Group (YAG). She represents her peers in mental health-related policymaking discussions.
As a collaborative effort to reduce barriers for youth in need of support, decrease stigma around mental health, and focus on prevention and early intervention, the SCCOE and Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department established the YAG.
“Santa Clara County students are leaders in our community,” said Dr. Mary Ann Dewan County Superintendent of Schools. “Their insight and input contribute to the success of their peers, our schools, and society.”
The advisory group includes youth from Santa Clara County ages 14-21. Their input ensures the youth’s voice is included in relevant and effective mental health services on school campuses. Youth advisors are advocates for mental health, engage in community education regarding mental health, represent youth where decisions are made regarding services, and contribute to program development.
The Santa Clara County Board of Education will recognize Revanur at its December 15 Board meeting.
About the Santa Clara County Office of Education
Working collaboratively with school and community partners, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional, business, and technology services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The County Office of Education directly serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The SCCOE also provides academic and fiscal oversight and monitoring to districts in addition to the 22 Santa Clara County Board of Education authorized charter schools.
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