We brought together nearly 200 high school students and more than 60 adult allies during two Youth-2-Youth (Y2Y) conferences — one in Oakland on February 13 and one in Los Angeles on April 5. The gatherings increased leadership skills for youth peer-to-peer health educators from high schools in Northern and Southern California.
In mid-February our Y2Y Network hosted Y2Y NorCal in Oakland that was attended by 105 people — including 75 youth and 30 adult allies — from 18 high schools in the greater Bay Area. Y2Y SoCal was held April 5 in Los Angeles and brought together 101 youth and 31 adult allies from six high schools, with adult allies also representing several health care and health justice organizations in the L.A. region.
Both events were well organized by our Youth Board. The NorCal conference was hosted by The California Endowment at their beautiful facility overlooking downtown Oakland, while the SoCal event was held at the Children’s Bureau’s cheery and art-filled Magnolia Place Family Center in South Los Angeles.
Youth participants attended workshops aimed at increasing public speaking skills, getting a better understanding of the impact popular culture has on public health, developing leadership skills, learning about pathways to pursuing a higher education in public health, and maximizing their impact as community leaders.
Adult allies attended workshops aimed at leveraging their strengths as coordinators, as well as building greater public visibility for their health centers and their youth-led programs.
Visit our Y2Y Network page for more information and to see a summary of past activities.
In this video taken during Y2Y NorCal, students share why their school-based health centers are making a difference: