Youth Are Our Now: Youth Participation & Engagement in Local Government

This workshop will discuss ways youth can participate at various levels of our local government. Council President Sean Elo-Rivera will share his own path to leadership and talk about the importance of youth voices in conversations happening at the City, County, and State.

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Sean Elo-Rivera

A first-generation college student, Sean attended Golden West Community College. He then transferred to and earned his bachelor’s degree from Chapman University, where he studied psychology, sociology, and history. Inspired by President Obama’s historic 2008 Presidential campaign to make a more widespread impact, Sean went abroad and served as an English and Special Needs teacher in Peru and volunteered as an environmental preservationist in Ecuador. He then taught English in a rural South Korean community.

Sean subsequently came to San Diego to attend California Western School of Law where he was selected to receive a Creative Problem Solving Scholarship. At Cal Western, he served in multiple leadership roles, including president of La Raza Student Association and Amnesty International and as a Student Representative.

Inspired by his diverse background and belief in the importance of historically disadvantaged communities working together, Sean also worked to strengthen the Student Diversity Coalition. Sean received a Pro Bono and Public Service Honors Society Award for his work with the City Heights Community Law Project, where he helped bring free legal clinics to schools.

Years later, with the help of a team of committed students, Sean shocked the political establishment and won the opportunity to serve on the San Diego Community Board of Trustees. As a Trustee, Sean and four other elected board members work to ensure the 100,000 students and 5,000 employees of the San Diego Community College District are being provided the support and resources they need to succeed.