Y2Y Network

The California School-Based Health Alliance’s Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y) Network connected students across California who are working to improve student health through change in their school environment or with school-based health services. The Y2Y Network allowed students to update each other on events happening on their campuses, keep in touch with other youth leaders, and stay connected to our organization and the statewide school health movement.

Objectives of the Y2Y Network

  • Develop a network of youth leaders poised for policy advocacy mobilizations and engagement in the school-based health center movement.
  • Raise awareness on the youth engagement and youth development work happening at school-based and school-linked health centers across California.
  • Build the skills of high school youth with workshops provided by us and our Youth Board.

2014 Y2Y Conferences

For 2014, we hosted two Y2Y Conferences for young school health advocates. SBHCs in the Y2Y Network brought their youth leadership teams for a day-long conference that featured workshops, panels, and community-building activities. Read more about the events.

Y2Y Affiliate Program: 2011 – 2012

Building on the past work of the CSBHA Y2Y Network and Youth Board, CSBHAworked with seven teams of youth from across California to perform local youth-led research projects geared to supporting the sustainability of school health centers. Young people received training on the principles of community-based participatory research, workshops on health empowerment and youth organizing, and support with the dissemination of their research recommendations to local and statewide audiences.

John F. Kennedy High School Center Youth Advisory Board | Richmond
Y2Y Project: Wellness Counseling Services at Kennedy High 

2011-2012 JFK High School Youth Advisory Board members with adult ally Yvette Perez (middle)










Oakland High School SHOP 55 Youth Wellness Council | Oakland
 Y2Y Project: Student Safety at Oakland High: A Report from the Youth Wellness Council

Oakland HS Youth Wellness Council members with Youth Board member Toan Le (standing) at the 2012 CSHC Conference









Life Academy Seven Generations Health Center Peer Health Educators | Oakland
Y2Y Project: Why Do Teenagers Engage in Unprotected Sex? 

Life Academy Y2Y members with adult ally Alyson Bobulsky (right)









James A. Garfield High School Let’s Program | East Los Angeles
Y2Y Project: What Will Bring Students to the Wellness Center?

Washington Preparatory High School | South Los Angeles

WPHS Y2Y members visiting Tim Cromartie (left), Capitol Director for Assemblyman Mike Davis










Cesar Chavez High School Health SLC | Stockton

CCHS Health SLC students with adult ally Jonathan Whitford (second from right)










Y2Y Affiliate Program: 2010 – 2011

In its first year, the Y2Y Affiliate Program spanned 15 high schools, 7 school-based health centers, and 4 school districts . Y2Y youth presented at the plenary sessions of our three regional conferences, received trainings from Youth Board members, and became more connected to other local youth-led work.

Alameda Family Services Youth Educating and Advocating for Health (YEAH) | Alameda

2010-2011 members of Encinal High School Health Center YEAH

Youth Educating and Advocating for Health (YEAH) is an Alameda Family Services School-Based Health Centers peer education program located at Alameda, Encinal and Island high schools. The goal of YEAH is to empower youth as leaders, advocates, educators and resources for their peers. Students in YEAH participate in skill-building around communication, teamwork, public speaking and receive training on health topics that affect teens. Every spring, the YEAH peer educators develop health education workshops as well as plan and implement a campus-wide health awareness event. Throughout the school year, the peer educators not only act as leaders to encourage healthy behaviors among their peers but also as SBHC representatives and advocates.

Balboa Teen Health Center Youth Advisory Board | San Francisco

2010 – 2011 Balboa Teen Health Center Youth Advisory Board members.

The Balboa Teen Health Center Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is committed to the health and welfare of students by organizing in-class workshops, youth and adult trainings, and events on health issues and California minor consent rights. YAB members specialize in peer-to-peer education and act as the hub for health center promotion and advocacy throughout the district. Advocacy efforts by YAB members successfully led to the San Francisco Unified School District adopting minor consent education as an explicit part of the health education curriculum in all SFUSD public high schools beginning fall 2008. All high school students now learn about their minor consent rights and rights to access confidential health care services in their communities.

Belmont Health Services Peer Leaders | Los Angeles

Members from the 2010-2011 Belmont Health Services Peer Leaders with their adult ally at the 2011 CSHC Los Angeles regional conference.

Belmont Health Services Peer Leaders provide leadership skills and health education to other students for the betterment of the community and their overall wellness. Peer Leaders are trained in areas such as suicide prevention, understanding depression, how to help a friend in need, listening and communication skills, and reproductive health education, among other topics. Peer Leaders conduct class presentations and participate in outreach events such as health fairs, food fairs, and organize after-school support groups on topics such as healthy relationships.

John Marshall High School Health Center Student Advisory Board | Los Angeles

2010-2011 John Marshall High School Health Center Student Advisory Board.

As part of Asian Pacific Heath Care Venture, Inc., the SAB is a group of JMHS students who believe all teens deserve health care and health education. The SAB provides youth advice and feedback about youth clinical services and youth development services. We work to make sure that the JMHS Health Center gives the best health care services to youth in a safe and convenient location so that all youth, regardless of their family income, personal situations, or difficulties with privacy and transportation, will be able to access the health care to which they are entitled.

Sequoia Teen Wellness Center Youth Advisory Board | Redwood City

Members from the 2010-2011 Sequoia Teen Wellness Center Youth Advisory Board at the 2011 CSHC Oakland regional conference.

The Sequoia Teen Wellness Center’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is comprised predominantly of high school students from the Sequoia Union High School District. Its mission is two-fold: to advise and direct Sequoia Teen Wellness Center in providing teen sensitive services; and to act as ambassadors for the Sequoia Teen Wellness Center in both the high schools and the community at large. The YAB’s long-term goals are to find creative ways to increase awareness of the clinic services, to decrease barriers to accessing those services and the overall health in high school students and the teen community at large.

Washington Union High School Health Institute | Fresno

2010-2011 Washington Union High School Health Institute students.

Health Institute is a four-year academy style program that serves approximately ten percent of the student population.  All students are on a science pathway that includes advanced placement courses such as AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, Anatomy Physiology and a research-based Scientific Writing course.  Students are also offered the only UC-approved high school Medical Spanish course in California.  Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and exhibit exemplary behavior and attendance. 100% of all Health Institute students pass the CAHSEE and graduate from high school.  All graduates to date have been accepted to four-year universities.  In 2009 the Health Institute was awarded the California School Boards Association’s prestigious Golden Bell award in the category of Innovative Curriculum for career technical education.  Washington Union High School is the oldest high school in Fresno County, established in 1892.

West Contra Costa Unified School District Student Coalition | West Contra Costa County

Members of the 2010-2011 WCCUSD Student Coalition from Richmond, El Cerrito, and Kennedy high schools.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District Student Coalition is composed of representatives from the school-based health center youth advisory boards at De Anza, El Cerrito, Kennedy, Richmond, Pinole Valley, and Hercules high schools. Members come with an understanding of wellness in West Contra Costa County and a shared familiarity with health issues affecting their communities. Intended to create cohesion and support for the school health work in WCCUSD, this alliance has developed a bill of rights in the health center for all WCCUSD students.