Teens and young adults are invited to help plan a two-part community youth program to be presented at the Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery in the spring.

The Lompoc Public Library and Women’s March – Santa Maria Valley (WMSMV) have partnered to present All About YOUth – Lompoc, an event for youth to explore new ideas on how the Central Coast can offer better economic opportunities to its younger residents.

The community programs are in response to the high number of young residents leaving the Central Coast.

The programs offered in Lompoc will include a Youth Input Session on Feb. 9 and a Youth Listening Session on March 9. Programs will feature youth-led activities, music and discussions about the economic possibilities of Lompoc and the Central Coast.

Volunteers will help plan the programs by attending meetings with the option of using Zoom or by attending in-person.

“Lompoc is a young city, with an average age of 33. And we want to make sure its young residents are heard, especially when it comes to their views, hopes, and concerns on gender equity and economic development in the region,” said Dr. Lata Murti of WMSMV, who will be organizing the meetings.

She said she is looking forward to hearing from Lompoc’s youth.

Volunteers, ages 14-30, who live in the Lompoc area, are urged to sign up to help plan and organize the Lompoc programs. Sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/AAYLompoc, or visit the Lompoc Public Library webpage.

The Charlotte’s Web Bookmobile is also looking for teen volunteers. Volunteers must be between ages 14 and 17 and pass a background check and TB test with the city of Lompoc.

Bookmobile volunteers will help with public events, preparing books and promotional materials, along with other tasks. Those interested can sign up online at the Lompoc Public Library webpage or visit https://tinyurl.com/LPLTeenVolunteers.

For more information on either program, email Rachell Frazian, youth services librarian and bookmobile manager at the Lompoc Public Library, at r_frazian@ci.lompoc.ca.us.