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.
Bajha is in her second year as a Youth Board member for the California School-Based Health Alliance. Bajha is in her senior year at California State University, Sacramento and will graduate in Fall 2019. She is majoring in Health Science with a concentration in Community Health Education. She then aspires to earn her MPH and PhD. Since high school, Bajha has gained experience in working in health care and health education. She interned for Sharp HealthCare, located in San Diego, where she worked alongside nurses and doctors, learning about diagnosis and treatments. When she entered college, she began working for her campus Student Health and Counseling Services, where she educates students about reproductive and sexual health, as well as domestic and sexual violence. Bajha is also part of the Black Student Union, a club on campus that focuses on building unity and addressing stereotypes for Black students on campus. Bajha is currently training to become an international certified Doula, where she supports women during labor and delivery through Dignity Health Hospital. From working in hospitals and educating students on campus, Bajha has developed a passion for preventive care and hopes to educate youth in underserved communities about their health and improving their access to care.
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
Allison Chan, BSN, RN, PHN is a Youth Board alumnus who served as a Youth Board member from 2013-2018. In her seventh year with California School-Based Health Alliance, she is serving as the Youth Liaison for the Youth Board, and also as a newly-elected member of the Board of Directors for the organization. She graduated from Samuel Merritt University in May 2017 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Allison currently works as a Registered Nurse in one of the Bay Area’s busiest Emergency Departments. On top of her medical professional experience, her youth engagement experience includes facilitating Youth 2 Youth (Y2Y) conferences and workshops, and also being involved in the Peer Health Insurance Rights Education, a former Y2Y program held by CSHA. Allison’s experience in nursing allows her to apply different lenses to school-based health. While she is actively involved in emergency care, she is also an advocate for primary and preventative care and services for youth. Allison is passionate about health education, promotion, and maintenance, equal accessibility to healthcare services, and youth engagement and development in the health field.