Student Outreach

Our Commitment

We are committed to sharing our nationally renowned speakers with our Valley students during our daytime lectures.

There are three categories of students for our Town Hall purposes:


  • Merit Scholars
  • Student Groups
  • Individual Students
Merit Scholars

High School Seniors eligible for a $500.00 Scholarship

Each High School in the Valley has the opportunity to participate in our Merit Scholar program by contacting sjvtheducation@gmail.com to receive a merit scholarship program packet.

All participating high schools may then select 2 Seniors of high merit per lecture (six lectures per year).

Each Merit Scholar will receive

  • An opportunity to be selected for a $500 college scholarship.
  • A  letter inviting them to a Town Hall Lecture
  • A  lecture brochure
  • A signed Honor Certificate
  • Free entrance to the lecture (for the student and one teacher or parent)
  • A pre-lecture, student exclusive, question & answer session with the speaker
  • Honored seating (students only) with other Merit Scholars toward the front of the theater and an introduction to the attendees as representatives of their respective schools

To Nominate Merit Scholars

A representative from the school needs to communicate with the education committee at sjvtheducation@gmail.com prior to the lecture. (If you wish to join the program for the first time, please contact us as soon as possible!) If you are already participating in the program, please email us with the names of your merit scholars at least one week prior to the lecture.

General Information

  • The school representative is asked to make sure Merit Scholars have their letters and certificates prior to the lecture.
  • Merit Scholars should be encouraged to do google research or read books or articles authored by the lecturers in advance so that they may have questions ready to ask during the Q and A sessions prior to and after each lecture.
  • Please remind students of theater etiquette: stay in their seats, refrain from talking to their neighbors, silence and put away cell phones once the lecture has started.

On the Day of the Lecture

  • Merit Scholars should arrive at Saroyan by 9:30am, ideally wearing business casual clothing.
  • Merit Scholars should enter through the M street doors and proceed directly to the Merit Scholar check-in table to receive their name tag. Students who do not check in will NOT have their names placed in the drawing for the $500 scholarship.
  • At 9:45 Merit Scholars will be escorted to the Merit Scholar question and answer session with the Speaker.
  • Merit Scholars will have the opportunity to ask the speaker questions.
  • After the question & answer session, Merit Scholars will proceed to the white seats on the right side of the theater floor.

Student Groups

To secure seats

  • Communicate with the education committee at sjvtheducation@gmail.com prior to the lecture to secure available seats. While our goal is to serve all of the Valley’s students, at each lecture we are limited by the 600 person capacity of the “student section” in the Upper Balcony. Please email us as soon as possible, and no later than two weeks prior to the lecture.

General Information

  • Please complete the Class Attendance Form before arriving at the Town Hall lecture. We ask for a 1:10 ratio of teacher to students.
  • Please sit in the upper balcony with your class as a unit.
  • Please remind students of theater etiquette: stay in their seats, refrain from talking to their neighbors,  silence and put away cell phones once the lecture has started.

On the Day of the Lecture

  • Bring COMPLETED paperwork,  “Class Attendance Form. Submit to greeters at INYO street entrance.
  • Enter Saroyan Theater from the INYO street (North) entrances and proceed to the upper balcony.
  • Buses should park in Lot 1, which is the only lot owned by the Convention Center.
  • A map of the Convention Center and parking areas is attached with the Class Attendance Form.

Individual Students

  • College Students with valid Student ID cards are admitted for free to our lectures.
  • To secure admission, arrive early. Approach the “student ticket table” near the Saroyan Theater Box Office and show your student ID to receive a complimentary ticket. (If for any reason there isn’t a student table, proceed to the box office with your ID.)
  • Please sit in the Upper Balcony as other seats are reserved for paying guests.


Transportation

  • Transportation is at the school’s discretion. We do not provide transportation to the Saroyan Theater for students to attend Town Hall.  We suggest for your site to provide transportation, depending on your district policies and procedures:
    • Parent or booster group donations to fund buses or district vans
    • School foundation grants for buses or vans
    • School funding to support enrichment for AVID or similar programs
    • Parent Group volunteers

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