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.
Meet the Youth Board
Michel’le is a fourth-year Youth Board member of the California School-Based Health Alliance. She is currently majoring in Child Development at West Los Angeles College. Michel’le was previously a part of the L.A. Trust Youth Advisory Board and helped to promote safe health for her former high school and community. She has traveled to Sacramento to speak to legislators in hopes of gaining funds to build more school-based health clinics on high school campuses. She hopes to bring that experience with her as a current Youth Board member. From working with the UCLA Sex Squad and being a Peer Health Ambassador, Michel’le also has experience in providing peer education and support to other youth in need of sexual health education, services, counseling, and testing. She aspires to advocate for youth and provide them with assistance in exploring their own health and wellness. Michel’le believes that everyone could use a hand when it comes to their overall being. She wishes others could take a stand beside her to help spread education to our youth. She is excited to be on board of yet another great organization and strives to make an impact in the health and education community.
Dakota is serving her second year on the California School-Based Health Alliance Youth Board. She is a second year student at the University of California, Berkeley, double majoring in Political Science and African American Studies. Dakota created presentations at her high school to show students where and how they could access various healthcare services for free, or at minimal costs. Dakota also has worked with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and advocated against the mistreatment of people with disabilities through “Ability Awareness” presentations. Dakota is excited to empower students and increase their access to quality healthcare with the help of the California School-Based Health Alliance.
Daniel Correa Bucio
Daniel is a second-year member of the California School-Based Health Alliance Youth Board. Daniel is a sophomore currently attending the University of California, Berkeley. He is an intended Integrative Biology major and considering a minor in Chicano Studies and Dance. In efforts to promote public health, Daniel was part of a problem gambling awareness program called Betting On Our Future (BOOF). BOOF is youth-led initiative to inform the community about treatment and prevention for problem gambling through media projects. Through BOOF, Daniel learned to use digital media to promote health and collaborate with passionate like-minded individuals. Daniel is a board member for Chicanx/Latinx in Health Education (CHE), a pre-health advising program at UC Berkeley. He also volunteers with Markstein Cancer Education and Prevention Services at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center under the cancer prevention program. As a certified EMT, Daniel is also a part of Berkeley Medical Reserve Corps (BMRC), where he volunteers his services to the community. He hopes to graduate from UC Berkeley and enroll in dental or medical school in pursuit of a career as a dentist or doctor. He also wants to use his resources to give back to his community and empower youth.
Adriana is in her fourth year with the California School-Based Health Alliance Youth Board. She is a second year student at Fremont College majoring in Digital Marketing. Adriana was a part of the L.A. Trust Youth Advisory Board and helped to promote wellness and get students interested in their health. With the Youth Board, she traveled to Sacramento and talked to legislators about getting their support for the wellness center on her campus. When Adriana was in high school, she was a part of many leadership clubs and classes, such as MCJORTC and several student-led clubs. Adriana has such a strong passion for health. She believes wellness is a topic that should be talked about more and that more youth should get involved with their health.
Andrea is a first-year member of the California School-Based Health Alliance Youth Board. She is currently a junior standing at California State University, Northridge majoring in public health with an interest in lactation education as well as child and adolescent development. In high school, she was a part of several clubs, such as the School Site Council, and helped start the Principal’s Advisory Club. She wanted to ensure that students had a voice and took part in decision-making that would affect them. She also volunteered time in political campaigns, one of which was for a running candidate for the Los Angeles School Board District. She wanted to support an individual who is passionate about creating positive change for children in schools, even in low income neighborhoods. She works at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in the dietary department, gaining experience with patient care. Andrea is excited to see what this year on the Youth Board brings.
Irma Rosa Viera
Irma is a third-year Youth Board member with the California School-Based Health Alliance from Los Angeles County. She is a junior at California State University, Northridge with plans of obtaining a Bachelor’s in Deaf Studies with a minor in Family Studies. Irma has always had a strong passion for ensuring youth voice promoting student wellness in and out of classrooms. She strongly believes in the importance of having access to healthcare and the importance of being physically and mentally healthy. This year, she strives to continue working with her peers to have positive and empowering impacts on the youth in various communities. 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.
Meet our Youth Liaison
Bajha is the Youth Board Liaison for the California School-Based Health Alliance. Bajha graduated from California State University, Sacramento in Fall 2019. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with a concentration in Community Health Education. She aspires to earn her MPH and DrPH. Bajha currently works as the Health Education Coordinator for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She serves Chappell Hayes Health Center at McClymonds High School. In her role, she provides inclusive sexual and reproductive health education and is a health navigator for youth and their families. Bajha gained her experience in working in health care and providing health education in high school and then continued the work in college. From working in hospitals as an intern and educating students on her college campus as a manager, Bajha has developed a passion for preventive care and racial justice. She hopes to continue to educate black and brown youth in underserved communities about their health and wellness and to continue advocating for their access to care.