Tony Hawk


Tom Jones


Nick Winfrey

The City of Encinitas Youth Commission held its first Do Life BIG teen leader event in May at the Encinitas Community Center. The Youth Commission, made up of middle and high school students throughout Encinitas, achieved their goal to host an event for local teens to expand their horizons and learn from inspiring individuals in an interactive, fun, and casual manner. The event was a TED Talks-style opportunity for teens to hear big names speaking about topics like leadership, government, sustainability, and living life with purpose. Most of the local leaders proudly call Encinitas home. Speakers included Tony Hawk via video message, Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, CW6 News Reporter Neda Iranpour, Rancho Coastal Human Society Vice President of Planning and Development Nick Winfrey, and Daron “Farmer D” Joffe from Coastal Roots Farm. The event also featured music by Kennady Tracy, a 15-year-old singer-songwriter. Discover more at