Teen Voice


Teen Voice

What is Teen Voice? Click here for brochure.

“One Voice Has The Power Of Many”

Teen Voice, the City of Ventura high school leadership program founded in 2008, develops student programs and activities on and off campuses. Participants must be nominated by their school Principal, complete an application and questionnaire, and go through an interview process.

The mission of Teen Voice is to build positive relationships between high school students and their community; to provide opportunities for community involvement, betterment of their school, neighborhood and city; and to engage youth in productive activities by including students from each high school for the following goals:

  • Develop Leadership Skills
  • Develop Teamwork Skills
  • Develop Enrichment Programs/Activities on Campus and Community
  • Build Positive Relationships with students and Community Members


Students must: have Leadership Potential; Desire to Learn and Willingness to Work Hard; Be willing to get Others Involved; Have a Strong Drive to be Involved; Want to have FUN.

Their parents must attend an Orientation Meeting and ensure that their child attends all scheduled activities.

Overnight Leadership Retreat Goals

  • Students will get to know each other
  • Plan school meetings on campus two times per month
  • Plan group meetings at City Hall once per month
  • Develop community projects and partnership such as Westside Lions
  • Discuss on campus programs and activities
  • Sessions on Leadership Development
  • Communication Development
  • Students will develop an individual leadership plan on skills they want to improve


  • Teen Voice School bi-weekly meetings
  • Partner with ASB or Leadership on High School Campuses
  • Yearbook Committee
  • High School Career Day
  • High School Renaissance
  • High School Back to School Night
  • Ventura Police Activities League
  • Ventura Lions Club

Programs / Events

  • Teen Voice High School Leadership Summit
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets to Needy Families
  • Teens for Jeans (750 Pairs of Jeans Collected and donated to Ventura Charities)
  • Youth Reading Program to PEAK kids
  • Vintage Car Rebuild (PAL Program)
  • Summer Leadership Camp
  • Youth Golf Lesson Program
  • Multiple Sclerosis Bike Ride Fundraiser
  • Car Mechanic Maintenance
  • Money Management (Bank Accounts)
  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer
  • Educational and Fun Field Trips

For more information about this program contact Youth Programs Supervisor Mario Robinson at 805-654-7807 or mrobinson@cityofventura.net

Buena High School Leadership Fundraiser • Thursday, April 17 • 11 am - 10 pm

Join us for a "delicious fundraiser" on Thursday, April 17 at BJ's Restaurant in Oxnard.

Please bring/print a copy of the flyer (pdf) to have it count towards Buena HS Leadership!

December 15 "Not So Silent Night" benefits RAIN Transitional Living Center

Buena High School TEEN VOICE
in partnership with the BHS LMC presents the

Not-so-Silent Night Benefit Concert
Thursday, December 15, 6 pm

At Buena High School Library Media Center
5670 Telegraph Rd., Ventura

The Briar Rose Ramblers, Buena Choir and Buena staff and students perform for this benefit for the RAIN Transitional Living Center (www.raincommunities.org).

Suggested donation: $3-5.

Teen Voice engages students from each high school in productive activities that provide them opportunities for community involvement and the betterment of their school, neighborhood and city. Info

Contact: Mario Robinson, Youth Programs Supervisor at 805-654-7807

Click here or the image for a printable flyer.

Project Humankindness May 9-26

Help Teen Voice Leadership Club’s “Project Humankindness”

 "Give your share to show you care" during the May 9-26 collection drive for Ventura’s homeless people donating personal hygiene items such as socks, baby wipes, razors, shaving cream, shower gel, hand sanitizer, tooth paste/tooth brushes and combs/brushes, unused and travel size at three school collection sites. More info

Calendar of 2015-2016 of Teen Voice projects

Public invited to drop off food items at schools for Thanksgiving Baskets Oct 17 - Nov 17

Ventura residents are invited to celebrate the spirit of America’s favorite holiday by donating non-perishable food items or cash to buy food by November 17 to fill Thanksgiving Baskets to provide a complete holiday meal for 100 hungry families in our city. The public is welcome to drop off non-perishable goods—packaged, boxed or canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy and mashed potatoes and bottled juice—to five participating high schools (see below) and City Hall (Room 226).

Teen Voice—a high school leadership program operating on five local Ventura campuses —is coordinating this project and collecting food items to provide a full Thanksgiving dinner to needy low-income families. City staff and all high schools are donating the perishable items. For more information on donating cash contact City of Ventura Youth Programs Supervisor Mario Robinson at 805.654.7807.

“Since 2001 we have fed more than 1,400 families who would be without a Thanksgiving meal,” said Mario Robinson, PAL Executive Director and Youth Programs Supervisor for the City of Ventura Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships, which sponsors both the Teen Voice and Thanksgiving Baskets programs as part of its Community Partnerships outreach. “2015 marks the 14th year of this program, started by the Ventura Police Activities League (PAL) joined by the Teen Voice High School Leadership Program.”

All donated items should be dropped off at school locations by Tuesday, November 17, at noon, or at Ventura City Hall Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships at 501 Poli Street, Room 226. Baskets will be assembled at Westpark Community Center, 450 W. Harrison Ave., where families will pick them up.

7th annual Teen Voice Leadership Summit on March 20, 2015 at City Hall

80 selected students representing Ventura Unified School District High Schools will converge on the Ventura City Hall Community Meeting Room, 501 Poli St, 9 am-3 pm, for the 7th annual Teen Voice High School Leadership Summit on Friday, March 20. This year’s keynote speaker is professional boxer Maureen Shea.

Students will interact with professionals leading workshops on leadership development, teambuilding, self-esteem, acceptance and tolerance, having a voice in their schools and community, connecting with professionals and community leaders and making good personal and career choices. Superstars in Leadership Training will run the leadership sessions; some sessions are run separately for boys and girls.

The mission of Teen Voice is to build positive relationships between high school students and the community, provide students opportunities for community involvement and the betterment of their school, neighborhood and city.

The media is invited to cover this event. For more information and a summit schedule please contact: Youth Programs Supervisor Mario Robinson at 805.654.7807 or mrobinson@cityofventura.net or Youth Programs Coordinator Steven DeFratus at 805.658.4748 or sdefratus@cityofventura.net.