Youth Board Spotlight: Dale Maglalang

Dale Maglalang is in his third year with the Youth Board and is doing big things! Hailing from sunny Los Angeles, Dale has been involved in the health care access movement since his high school years in John Marshall High School. He was involved with the school’s Student Advisory Board for the School Health Center and a Youth Representative at the Asian Pacific Health Care Venture. Now at age 22, he is double majoring in Human Development (BS) and in Asian American Studies (BA) at the University of California, Davis. He is currently the Youth Board representative for Cesar Chavez High School in the Central Valley. Although we know A LOT about him, we decided to ask him a few questions to get to know the REAL Dale Maglalang!

What are your aspiring plans after college?

I have two options; hopefully I can attend a graduate program to earn my Masters in Public Health focusing on Health Education or Behavioral Science. My other option is to postpone going to graduate school for a year and work with a non-profit organization or AmeriCorps dealing with public health amongst underrepresented communities.

What are some of your hobbies?

Reading books, attempting to cook, catching up on sleep, and movie/television marathons

What is your favorite movie and why?

A Walk to Remember, not because it’s the greatest movie of all time but because I watched the movie with my mom and it’s one of those moments where I was able to spend quality time with her because I don’t get to see her as often anymore.

If you would be a rapper, what would your rap name be?

D-nasty! Just kidding.

How did the Youth Board impact your life/career?

Being part of Youth Board reminded me why I am pursuing public health as my career. I enjoy being working in a team/family and having the opportunity to work with a designated site to help the youth there either start their own school-based health center, provide workshops on youth engagement, and other workshops that is needed. In addition, being able to travel to Washington DC and Chicago to lead youth tracks is such an empowering experience for me because I deem it necessary to mentor the younger generation and help them succeed.

What is your most memorable experience in the Youth Board?

One of my most memorable experience in Youth Board was earlier this year at the statewide conference for CSHC. I was given the opportunity to speak in front of 400 attendees and talk about my experiences as a youth board member along with a high school student from Stockton, CA. It was a humbling experience and it brought me back to my high school days when I was interning at my high school’s school-based health center, it reminded me how far I’ve come.

Thanks Dale and thank you for your time and commitment to the CSHC Youth Board these past three years! And please visit the Youth Board page to get more info of the current youth board members!

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