Mission Statement: The California School-Based Health Alliance Youth Board aims to amplify youth engagement and access to school-based health through leadership, advocacy, and empowerment throughout California.
In 2007, five young people formed our Youth Board, a group of school health advocates from across California committed to the advancement of school-based health care. The Youth Board has continuously worked to provide technical assistance, advocate for school health policies and ensure that youth engagement is a priority locally, statewide, and nationally.
Our Youth Board members bring experience in adolescent health, school health, and community organizing that energizes our commitment to youth voice in school health.
Our Youth Board draws inspiration and knowledge from their lived experiences to create and take part in various projects that promote health literacy, education, and resources for youth across California. These projects are part of their goals of cultivating more youth leadership, engagement, and empowerment.
Presenting a Sexual Health Educational Webinar
Christian Lizaso and Nydia Hernandez planned a youth-only webinar on sexually transmitted infections and one of them moderated the presentation that was attended by youth from across the country.
Curating Tobacco Use Prevention Education Resources
Daniel Correa Bucio researched youth-friendly tobacco and vaping prevention and cessation resources to create a linktree, where youth, parents, and educators can find more information and get help. He also highlighted some of these resources with an infographic posted on our Instagram page.
Sharing the Concept of Consent on Social Media
Dakota Bodell led a social media campaign on consent to define this important concept for young people and lead them to resources and Title X clinics where they can find additional information and care
Explaining the Menstrual Cycle
Gabriella Herrera created a printable pamphlet that provides quick facts on menstrual periods and can be shared at school-based health centers and in classrooms across California.
Raising Awareness with TAY Radio Marin
Daniel Correa Bucio was interviewed by two youth radio hosts and shared information about school-based health centers, mental health resources, and his personal experiences as a Youth Board member.
Testifying in Support of SBHCs in Sacramento
Stephanie Ocampo joined CSHA Policy Director Lisa Eisenberg to testify in support of AB 1940, our bill to update and improve California’s School-Based Health Center Support program.
Spotlighting Student Mental Health Challenges for Educators
Irma Rosa Viera – CSHA’s Youth Engagement Association and a former Youth Board member – presented on COVID-19’s effects on students’ mental health and academics at the 2022 Southern Regional Student Wellness Conference for educators. She used her Youth Board project as the base of her presentation to teach adult allies how they can help youth.
Youth Board members toured three school-based health centers (SBHCs) in California to better understand how they serve students, specifically through engaging youth in health education and outreach.
Youth Board members got to see how SBHCs serving youth in Los Angeles, the Central Valley, and the Bay Area leverage local partnerships to serve youth. On a personal level, this was the first time since the pandemic started that many of the Youth Board got to gather in person and bond as a group.
Daniel Correa Bucio
Daniel is a fifth-year member of the Youth Board. Daniel is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), graduating with a double major in Integrative Biology and Molecular Cellular Biology and a minor in Chicano Studies. During his time at UCB, Daniel served various executive positions, including co-chair for Comunidad for Health Equity (CHE), the only Latinx centered pre-health organization on campus. Daniel has always strived to provide space for Latinx students to feel empowered and motivated as they enter healthcare. Additionally, he is currently a member of La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc., one of three Latinx fraternities on campus, priding itself on cultural celebration, academic excellence, brotherhood, and community service. Daniel is currently a Clinical Research Coordinator at UCSF’s CLEAR Lab, where he works on various research projects centered on environmental justice, ACEs, toxic stress and respiratory diseases. Overall, Daniel is an outdoor-loving, sleeping in, going out to eat type of guy, who loves to learn about new cuisines and culture. Daniel is grounded in his Latinx culture and hopes to enter the medical field to be an ally for BIPOC communities. Lastly, Daniel tries to live by the motto of leaving every space better off then when he entered it.
Maria Morales Gonzalez
Maria Morales is a second-year member of the Youth Board. Maria is a first generation Latinx student. She recently transferred to California State University, San Bernardino, from Chaffey College in Spring 2023 to major in Political Economy. Growing up in the Inland Empire, she noticed a lack of mental health resources and awareness. As such, she is very passionate about mental health education and policy. She volunteered at her local library and after school programs throughout high school. At her local library, she helped set up community events for special holidays and volunteered in the summer literacy program. During her time volunteering in after school programs, she tutored students and helped the after school coordinators. She looks forward to advocating for mental health resources and services in schools as well as making them accessible to everyone.
Gabriella is a third-year member of the Youth Board. She is currently a third-year student at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology. Gabriella is driven by a deep passion and sense for change and evolvement in the community. She is currently a Patient Scribe at UCSF and enjoys helping patients. Gabriella also wrote a letter to the California Board of Education to continue to provide the health care pathway and add more to the health sciences pathway for the new high school that was built in her community. She is passionate about serving her community. She has completed clinical hours at two senior living centers and is now a Certified Nursing Assistant. She hopes to graduate from Berkeley and attend a medical school to pursue her dream of becoming a pediatric cardiologist.
Christian is a second-year member of the Youth Board. He is also currently a second-year student at the University of California, Berkeley, intending to major in Public Health and Integrative Biology. He has worked throughout high school to further educate, provide, and create resources towards destigmatizing mental health. He aspires to serve individuals directly affected by mental health disorders, as well as providing aid for their support systems. In organizations, such as Paper Crane at Berkeley and Catalyst, he has provided art therapy for hospitalized children, researched determinants of health, and raised funds towards therapeutic resources. As a proud gay Filipino-American, his intersectional identities have produced an understanding, compassionate, and open mindset motivated to serve and uplift others. Christian plans to have a career in the medical field and contribute to the larger field of scientific discovery.
Dina is a second-year member of the Youth Board. She is approaching her third year at the University of California, Riverside, majoring in Biology and intending to minor in Public Policy. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to continue pursuing an education and career in medicine. Dina stumbled upon her passion for public health throughout the years as a result of working with and interning for groups such as the Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health as a Policy Intern. She has also worked with other groups such as Diversify Our Narrative and the Miles Hall Foundation, which aim to create an inclusive, intersectional, and equitable environment within K-12 schools. She is also a dedicated member of her university’s Associated Students Program Board, University Blood Initiative, and the Iranian Student Association. In her free time, she volunteers at a free clinic or in the cardiovascular unit at Riverside Community Hospital. It is within these groups that she is reminded of the drive that pushes her to continue studying medicine. Dina’s advocacy efforts are driven by her own Treacher Collins Syndrome and unyielding belief that adequate health care is a human right and must be accessible for all.
Saivishnu is a second-year member of the Youth Board. He is in his second year at the University of California, Irvine, intending to major in Public Health and minor in Chicano/Latino studies. He is passionate about health and social justice and the importance of addressing structural barriers to health in underserved communities. In high school, he co-founded Break the Outbreak Inc to address the PPE shortage in his community and provide essential protection equipment to small businesses and vulnerable individuals. At UC Irvine, Saivishnu is involved with organizations such as The Free Clinic Project and Fresh Basic Needs Hub, to put his passion for community service and health justice into tangible change within his community. He is also involved with clinical research at the Akbari Lab studying neurological recovery in post-cardiac arrest rat models to better understand the implications of global ischemia. After graduating, Saivishnu hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in interventional cardiology, to bridge his interests in patient care, public health, and research.
Meet Our Youth Engagement Associate
Irma Rosa Viera
Irma was formerly a part of the Youth Board for four consecutive years, and has now transitioned to staff as the new Youth Engagement Associate. She is a recent graduate from the California State University, Northridge, with a Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies and she plans for a future Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. Irma is passionate about elevating the voices of youth across all of California to lead us into a better and HEALTHIER future. After seeing firsthand the impactful role that school-based health centers have on students and their communities as a whole, she is hopeful and excited to continue expanding health advocacy with the support and help of the California School-Based Health Alliance and its allies. Just as importantly, she is excited to begin this new year working even more closely with our Youth Board and supporting their hopes and aspirations for this coming school year.