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After the stabbing death of a local Hollister teen, and the recent rise in gang activity, there has been much public outcry and the residents of Hollister shouted ENOUGH is ENOUGH and we listened!

Youth Rally-Hollister Planning Team, together with in-kind sponsorship: the Youth Employment Program (YEP) Council, Sammy Animation Dance Community (SADC), Youth Alliance, Safe SBC (Gang Prevention), San Benito County Parks and Recreation Commission, YMCA of San Benito County, Hazel Hawkins Community Health Clinic, Hollister Recreation Center, the Police Activities League, and The Redeemed Team, believe that by giving opportunities for adults and youth to work together to highlight our youth’s talents and skills, we can promote a safe and welcoming environment for all.

To this end, we are working on reviving the annual Teen Rally (the last one was held in May of 2006) and changing the name to Youth Rally-Hollister “Taking Back Our Streets”. The event will be held on May 10, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Hollister. The youth are taking a major leadership role in the development and supervision of events “by youth and for youth”. The Youth Rally’s goal is to inspire and develop leadership within our community so that it becomes much more than a one-day event!

Events include:

  • Dance competitions
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Art Wall
  • Poetry Slam
  • Tie Dye Station
  • Craft/Recycling Art Table
  • Sports Challenges
  • 3on3 Basketball
  • Pick-up Volleyball
  • Dunk Tank
  • 50 foot Ice Cream Sundae
  • Kids Carnival w/Jump Houses, Face Painting
  • Treasure Chest (Free Flea Market)
  • Local Celebrity, Sammy Ramirez who was featured on “So You Think You Can Dance”, and other surprise local Celebrity Guests!
  • and much more.

Not only do we need volunteers and community role models to help make this event a huge success, but there are also many ways to help that do not require a considerable time commitment! With this in mind, our coordinators have compiled a “Wish List” to show how your expertise, your “connections” or even the stuff you have sitting in your garage can make a difference in reaching out to our youth!

Wish List:

  • Paint and paintbrushes or painting supplies
  • Food, Snacks and Drinks
  • Raffle Prizes such as: Apple iPod, CD Player, Bike, Gift Certificates
  • Awards or plaques for event winners
  • Event sponsor (Your name may be advertised on event t-shirt and/or announcement of sponsorship during the event, and a thank you given in our local newspaper!)
  • Photographer or videographer to highlight the day’s events
  • We need you, our community, to help us make a long-term difference in our youths’ lives. Over the years, support from local businesses, civic groups, and individual donors has sustained noble efforts that continue to make a lasting impact on the welfare of our community. In order to help make this event a success, we are respectfully requesting monetary donations, raffle prizes, or volunteer assistance at the event itself.

Agencies and youth participating in the Youth Rally-Hollister truly appreciate your generous tax deductible contribution of any amount small or large. Please mail checks to me, made out to the Community Foundation with “Youth Rally” in the memo section. We have also set up an account for your tax deductible donation with the Community Foundation at: You will find a “Donate Here” tab on the bottom right of the home page. For those with the ability to support on a broader spectrum, sponsorship levels are as follows: Bronze $500, Silver $1,000, Gold $2,500, Platinum $5,000 (Tax ID#: 501(c)3 77-0312582). Not only will your name appear as one of our valued donors at the rally and on all publications but you will also receive a letter of acknowledgement for your support.

We are currently working on the development of our web page, but in the meantime, for all the latest updates, more information, or see how you can volunteer, please e-mail/call me, or LIKE our site on Facebook: Rally-Hollister.


Andi Anderson, Youth Rally-Hollister, Chair

Vision: That the residents of San Benito County will rise up and meet the needs of all youth in our community by providing free activities throughout the year, on a monthly or quarterly basis, for youth who may not be able to afford them. To create fun and engaging activities throughout the year that will instill values, community connections and leadership opportunities for the youth of San Benito County.

 Mission: Adults would mentor youth and provide them with positive role models who would encourage them in their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Our goal is to make this a FREE event and in order to make this happen we need community volunteers to organize and resource their contacts to donate time, raffle items, games, activities, and more. The ultimate outcome is that all youth will be equipped with the 41 Developmental assets which include: Family Support, Empowerment, Boundaries & Expectations, Constructive use of Time, Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, Social Competencies Positive Identity.

Make Checks payable to Community Foundation with “Youth Rally” in the memo section & mail to: CSWD Attn: Andi Anderson, Youth Rally, 1111 San Felipe Road, Ste 108, Hollister, CA 95023

Or visit: and click on the Youth Rally tab located on the bottom right of the screen.