News & Announcements

6th Annual Youth Challenge Awards Recognizes Participating Schools

Over 300 youth, teachers, family members and friends were on hand at Visalia's Fox Theater on Thursday, May 18 to celebrate the 6th annual Step Up Youth Challenge Red Carpet Awards program

5th ANNUAL YOUTH CHALLENGE AWARDS RECOGNIZES ALL PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
May 5, 2016
5th ANNUAL YOUTH CHALLENGE AWARDS RECOGNIZES ALL PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Over 800 youth, teachers, family members and friends were on hand at Visalia's LJ Williams Theater on Monday, May 2 to celebrate the 5th annual Step Up Youth Challenge Red Carpet Awards program

STEP UP #LEAD PROGRAM HONORED AS ONE OF BEST IN STATE
STEP UP #LEAD PROGRAM HONORED AS ONE OF BEST IN STATE

Tulare County's Step Up #LEAD Program has been recognized as a Merit Award recipient of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) 2014 Challenge Awards, which recognize the most innovative and cost-effective programs developed by California's 58 counties. 

May 29, 2013
2013 Slick Rock Film Festival Winner - Step Up Category

November 9, 2012
STEP UP YOUTH CHALLENGE SUMMIT VIDEO RELEASED

October 16, 2012
STEP UP AND CITY OF TULARE PARTNER TO HOST GANG AWARENESS EVENTS

In an effort to educate residents about the negative impacts of gangs, the City of Tulare and Tulare County will partner to host two gang awareness events in October.

STEP UP YOUTH CHALLENGE TO KICK OFF THIS WEEK
STEP UP YOUTH CHALLENGE TO KICK OFF THIS WEEK

Tulare County’s Step Up Youth Challenge program will kick into full gear this week with an event that aims to inspire hundreds of youth.

Porterville Poster Contest
PORTERVILLE RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN STEP UP POSTER CONTEST

Porterville area residents are invited to submit hand drawn posters with this theme in mind – Step Up: Community on a Mission.

STEP UP YOUTH CHALLENGE RECEIVES STATEWIDE RECOGNITION
STEP UP YOUTH CHALLENGE RECEIVES STATEWIDE RECOGNITION

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) honored Tulare County’s 2011 Step Up Youth Challenge program with a Merit Award in the 2012 CSAC Challenge Awards Competition.

Step Up Youth Activities grant program applications now avialable for Tulare County non-profit organizations
Step Up Youth Activities grant program applications now avialable for Tulare County non-profit organizations

The Tulare County Youth Commission is accepting applications for the 2013 Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program. The grant program provides $100,000 in grants for 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that operate within Tulare County.

SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS ATTENDANCE SPIKES IN SECOND YEAR
July 18, 2012
SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS ATTENDANCE SPIKES IN SECOND YEAR

Mid-summer attendance figures show youth are attending Tulare County’s Summer Night Lights program in record numbers.

Summer Night Lights is a program that aims to curb violence and other negative activity by keeping selected parks and recreational facilities open during the summer months. The program was initiated in 2011 with three cities participating. This year, the program is taking place in eight different sites in Tulare County.

County officials credit the efforts of community organizers, the increase in site locations, and the need for positive youth activities as reasons for the increase in attendance.

2012 SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS PROGRAM KICKS OFF THIS WEEK
June 12, 2012
2012 SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS PROGRAM KICKS OFF THIS WEEK

Youth from throughout Tulare County will have a number of opportunities this summer to participate in safe, late-night recreation activities through the Summer Night Lights program.

 

May 10, 2012
2012 Step Up Youth Challenge Photo Gallery

On Thursday April 12th, Junior High and Middle School students from throughout Tulare County showed up for the very first Youth Challenge Awards. Check out pictures of the event.
May 1, 2012
Porterville Step Up Conference

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Porterville and Tulare County leaders will partner to host a second citywide Step Up Gang Conference this week.

The event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at Granite Hills High School, 1701 E. Putnam Ave. in Porterville.

Urban Art Tour Expanded

Update: Due to the strong support the artwork has received, the tour has now expanded to the cities of Porterville, Tulare, Dinuba and Lindsay.

January 31, 2012
Earlimart Step Up event scheduled for February 2

Earlimart will host its first Step Up anti-gang summit in February.

The Step Up Earlimart Gang Awareness Event will be held from 4:40 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 2 at Earlimart Middle School, 785 E. Center Ave. in Earlimart.

Supervisor Pete Vander Poel, who represents Earlimart and southwest Tulare County, said the free event is designed for community members who are concerned about gang violence, drug activity, and keeping youth involved in positive activities.

Urban art to be on display at County facilities
January 17, 2012
Urban art to be on display at County facilities

Four pieces of urban art will be on display in two Tulare County buildings through February 10.

January 13, 2012
Step Up Service Learning Grant Program applications now available for Tulare County High Schools

Download 2012 Step Up Service Learning Grant Application

The Tulare County Youth Commission is accepting applications for the 2012 Step Up Service Learning Grant Program. The grant program provides $25,000 in grants for public or private high schools in Tulare County.

The Step Up Service-Learning Grant Program funds small-scale, youth-directed projects that focus on reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency and/or substance abuse.  All proposals must include service-learning projects.  Only public and private high schools are eligible to apply.

The Service Learning grant program allocates $25,000 for grants to Tulare County High Schools.  There is one grant of $5,000 available in each Supervisorial district.

Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program Funds Awarded

December 6, 2011

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today awarded $95,000 in grant funding to 12 non-profit organizations from throughout Tulare County through the Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program.  

The Tulare County Youth Commission presented its funding recommendations to the Board at its regular meeting.  The Tulare County Youth Commission reviewed the submitted grant applications and recommended to the Board of Supervisors which organizations should receive funding and at what level.

“Providing positive experiences for Tulare County’s youth is the goal of all Step Up programs,” said Mike Ennis, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “The organizations who are receiving grants will be able to carry out that mission to hundreds, if not thousands, of youth from throughout Tulare County.”

CLICK HERE for a detailed description on how the non-profit organizations plan to use the grant funding.