Over 250 youth from Northern and Southern California attended two separate conferences in March and April, continuing the work of our past conferences to focus on educating high school students about careers in health care.
We developed these one-day conferences in partnership with the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development in order to cultivate an interest in health care careers in youth who are served by school-based health centers.
In Los Angeles, over 75 high school students learned about health care careers, mental health, and health advocacy. This conference was organized by our partner, The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health. Be sure to visit the L.A. Trust’s event page to find out more information on their upcoming conference in October 2015.
In Oakland, we brought together over 150 students from high schools in Richmond, Oakland, and San Francisco in March. Students participated in the following activities throughout the day:
- A Health Career Panel hosted by adults who are either pursuing a career in public health or already practicing.
- Workshops on public speaking, obesity prevention and healthy living, practicing medical assessments, and health advocacy.
These events build upon our work to develop the youth engagement capacity of school-based health centers. Are you interested in learning how you can engage youth at your school? Contact us to learn more.