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Petaluma Youth Commission at a Glance

Our Mission

To develop a supportive and healthy environment, Petaluma is committed to building a partnership with our youth. This commitment celebrates diversity, promotes tolerance, and puts forth efforts to meet the wide range of needs for young people and their families. Our goal is to provide resources and safe, nurturing experiences that support young people to become responsible and contributing members of their community.

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Our Goal

Stress, Time Management, and Mental Health Resources for Youth

For this semester, our goal as a commission was to focus on stress, time management, and mental health among youth. One of the ways that we addressed this topic was by acquiring a variety of different resources for the youth of Petaluma in regards to Mental health. The resources that we found are linked below, and If you would like to add any feel free to contact us and we add as we go along!

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Share Your Shine! Contest Winners

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Winning Art Piece for Physical Art

Amaya Lounibos

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Winning Art Piece for Digital Art

Evan Beach

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Winning Piece for Short Story

How Tigers Found Their Stripes- By Riley Hammock

Once long ago, the lands covered by snow, Savannah, mountains, and jungles were barren with life. Not one creature roamed the Earth to thrive off its resources. 
    However, the loneliness of Earth changed when Mother Nature created the first creatures, the Big Cats. They began as black streaks in the sky, looming over the lands, trying to find a place to call home. Some ran to the mountains and adapted their paws for the snow, with long tails for balance; others sprinted to the Savannah and gained spots that could vanish in a blur of speed; prides roamed into the tall grasses and covered themselves in manes, but one Big Cat wasn’t sure where they belonged. 
They walked around the lands, searching for their home and friends to feel they belonged. The Big Cat tried to run up the snowy mountains, but they didn’t have soft snowshoe paws or a long fluffy tail for balance; they weren’t a Snow Leopard. Defeated, the unnamed Big Cat sat in the deep snow. The Snow Leopard, worried for their friend, offered solace in the home of the Lions. The Snow Leopard said, “Maybe you belong in the Lions’ pride?” 
So the Big Cat went to the Savannah to find the Lions, a proud and mighty bunch. The Lions approached the Big Cat and told them that to first being a Lion, you must have a mane. The Big Cat nodded, desperate to fit in, and set out to find the fur around their neck. No matter where the Big Cat searched, they couldn’t find their mane; they felt hopeless. Returning to the Lions, the Big Cat let out a pitiful roar and said they would never have a home. The Lions, also worried for their friend, told them to seek the Cheetahs in the Savannah's flat plains. “Maybe you’re faster than you think!” The Lions exclaimed. 
Hopeful, the Big Cat ran to the plain to meet the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs were covered in spots, small and round to match their long-bony bodies. They glanced at the Big Cat and laughed. “You must think yourself a fool to be a Cheetah,” they said, “you are much too large and slow.” The Big Cat felt defeated and walked into the jungle to hide their shame.
Laying under the large palm fronds, the Big Cat let out a massive sigh. “Maybe I don’t fit in anywhere.” They said. The Big Cat fell into a deep sleep that lasted for many days.
They awoke to a surprise! Their fur had been burned by the sun, leaving it bright orange! However, the palm fronds left stripes all along the Big Cat’s body, massive black lines. “What’s this,” the Big Cat exclaimed, “I look mightier than any Lion and more colorful than any Cheetah.” The Big Cat jumped for joy, thinking of a name to call themselves. “I shall be known as Tiger, King of the Jungle!” The other Big Cats welcomed Tiger with glee, even the snarky Cheetahs. 
Tiger had learned that no matter what they looked like or where they were from, they were just as unique as anyone else. 

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PHS Job Fair


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Petaluma River Clean Up


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“We close the divide because we know, to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside”

Amanda C. Gorman

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