By OBSERVER Newsroom

On May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Woodland Community College, the Yolo County Office of Education, partnered with the California Association of Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA), will present the 7th annual African American Student Leadership Conference.

The program has enlisted the participation of Brandon Brown, a former educator, and CEO of School Yard Rap. Brown is nationally known for his ability to engage students using spoken word and music. He will assist CAAASA in its effort to correct misinformation about COVID, address vaccine hesitancy and help students understand the implications of themselves and family members not being vaccinated.

You can register for the event here.

“There is a critical need to increase vaccination rates among our youth,” said Michael Dennis, Project Manager, CAAASA. “We are pleased that Brandon has joined our team. For several years, we have watched him connect with middle and high school students in a unique way and we think his voice will be a tremendous asset to our outreach efforts.”

CAAASA is also running a statewide video competition entitled “Vax Up.” Youth, ages 12 to 18, will compete by submitting a 30- to 60-second video (to be viewed on social media), encouraging youth to get vaccinated for COVID. The deadline to enter is May 20. Interested students may go to for more information.