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Archived News Release from 2011

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Redwood City 2020 and Stanford’s Gardner Center for Youth & Their Communities Present Redwood City Teens in Action Showcase at Courthouse Square

Redwood City, CA - April 21, 2011 - On Friday, April 29th, the first-ever Redwood City Teens in Action Showcase will take place from 5 to 7:30 pm, right in the heart of downtown Redwood City, at beautiful Courthouse Square. This fun and informative FREE event celebrates the positive and change-making efforts of young people in our immediate community. The entire community is invited to this wonderful evening, dedicated to showcasing, learning from, and supporting our young people.

The program features information tables and displays by local youth leadership groups, and includes hip hop and break dance demonstrations, theater performance, live DJs and spoken word – all by local teens. Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira will give the welcoming address, and fabulous prizes will be offered throughout the evening. 

Here’s the program:
5:00     DJs - The Main Event
5:45     Welcome by Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira
6:00     Community Street Jam
6:20     Spoken Word (REAL)
6:30     Grupo MAAC - "Angel"
6:45     DJ - Luis Ortiz
7:15     Final Prize Drawing and Closing

The Teens in Action Showcase is free and the entire community – teens, families, community leaders, business owners, educators, and others – are invited and encouraged to attend and join in the fun! The event is sponsored by Redwood City 2020's Community Youth Development Initiative.

Participating groups include Redwood City/North Fair Oaks Prevention Partnership • Redwood Environmental Academy of Leadership (REAL) • San Mateo County Youth Commission • Sequoia Teen Wellness Center Youth Advisory Board • Sequoia High School Teen Resource Center Youth Advisory Board • Cañada College Upward Bound • Center for Youth Peer Educators • Citizen Schools at Kennedy Middle School • Community Street Jam • Immigrant Youth Action Team •Youth Voices Action Team • Gay Straight Alliance • Grupo MAAC • Redwood City Boys and Girls Club • Redwood City Library Teen Center • Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Teen Advisory Board • Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Youth Advisory Board • Sequoia Union High School District Migrant Education Program/Migrant Youth • Main Event DJ Club • The Dream Club • Verde Youth Volunteer Corps •Youth Leadership Institute: YO! Mateo.

Redwood City 2020 is an initiative which brings together key public and private organizations in our community in ongoing efforts to ensure the health and success of all children, youth and families served by the Redwood City School District. Together, RWC 2020 partners identify barriers and then implement collaborative approaches that will open the doors to success. See the Redwood City 2020 website at The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University partners with local communities to support their efforts to continually renew themselves, by way of developing well-rounded young people who are successful—intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially—and who in turn are motivated to contribute to their communities, both as leaders and as responsible participants. More information is online at their website:

Visit Redwood City’s website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s electronic newsletter or other City documents at


Pat Brown, Director
Redwood City 2020
Office of the City Manager

Mary Hofstedt
John W. Gardner Center for Youth
and Their Communities
Stanford University
(650) 759-4930


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