Berkeley Community Summit


Berkeley, CA

Event Name and Convening Organization

City of Berkeley, Office of the Mayor, Tom Bates

Event Description

“Picture Yourself There”
City of Berkeley’s College & Career GradNation Community Summit
March 7-11, 2016

Pull out your college swag and join us! We are celebrating and promoting a college-going culture in Berkeley and the multiple pathways students can take to get there. The GradNation Community Summit is one piece of Berkeley’s 2020 Vision initiative, and the goal of the weeklong event is to prepare youth for college and career success through focused activities, which include workshops on a myriad of topics, guest speakers (parents and local businesses), a career fair, a community college fair, youth peer-to-peer trainings and much more! These activities are prepared by Berkeley’s Office of the Mayor in cooperation with the City’s Parks & Rec Department, Berkeley Unified School District, UC Berkeley, Berkeley City College, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, community organizations, parents and local businesses.

For questions about the event please contact: Tasha Henneman, EdD, Education & Health Policy,

Mayor Tom Bates, City of Berkeley Office of the Mayor [email protected] or 510.981.7101

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Keynote Speakers

  1. Kemba Smith Pradia, Author of Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story and member of the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission

  2. Tarik Glenn, former NFL Player, Pro Bowl All Star, UC Berkeley graduate and current UC Berkeley Athletic Mentor for Career Support

  3. Siciliana Trevino, Executive Producer, Quirkeley & Founder, OffPlanet VR

Featured Sessions

  • Career Fair at Berkeley High School
  • Community College Fair at Berkeley High School

Workshop Topics

Peer-to-Peer Workforce Training
Teens Lead @ Work is, in part, a train-the-trainer program with a team of peer leaders from Berkeley High. The peer leaders lead workshops that help educate youth on critical skills for current and future jobs. These workshops cover the basics of health and safety in the workplace, including rights, responsibilities, and laws and protections for workers under age 18. Some of our activities teach youth how to identify hazards in the workplace and think about solutions to those hazards. We also have a workplace violence prevention piece of the training. Information on the program can be found here:

Contact: Labor Occupational Health Program at UC Berkeley, Kelsie Scruggs 510-643-2425 or [email protected].

BCC Concurrent Enrollment Counseling 57 Class - Facilitated by Skyler Barton

This class will begin with persona testimony and a motivational lecture related to college and career. A small panel of college students and college graduates (professionals) will come to share their experiences with the high school students and a time for questions and answers will be allotted. Prior to this class session, students will participate in a workshop in preparation for the Summer Opportunities Fair. They will also receive Extra Credit for attending the fair during their lunch period on the Monday March, 7th.

Career paths in Virtual and Augmented Reality – Facilitated by Siciliana Trevino, Executive Producer, Quirkeley & Founder, OffPlanet VR

Virtual and Augmented Reality is the powerful new medium capturing the imagination of gamers, filmmakers, scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and the tech industry. In this workshop, students will be able to download free VR content apps, connect with leading industry organizations on social media and explore VR research teams at Cal, Stanford and more. Students with smartphones can use them in the workshop, handouts provided.

Siciliana Trevino is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of OffPlanet VR, Berkeley’s A/VR industry meetup and production group. / @OffPlanetVR