Youth leaders work directly with The California Endowment through a variety of programs and initiatives.
President’s Youth Council
The President’s Youth Council advises The California Endowment’s president and CEO Robert K. Ross, MD, about youth priorities, best practices across the state and nation, and opportunities to strengthen support for youth leadership that leads to healthier communities.
BHC Steering Committee
The statewide Building Healthy Communities Steering Committee on youth leadership amplifies the voice, creativity, and power of youth to organize and advocate for transformational change and healing in our communities across California.
Youth media is front and center when it comes to opportunities for youth to play a community leadership role in the Building Healthy Communities sites. In Boyle Heights, City Heights, Coachella, Del Norte, Fresno, Long Beach, Merced, Oakland, Richmond, South Kern, and Sacramento, youth are reporting on community health issues and documenting local and statewide advocacy efforts to take action on those issues. We aggregate these voices on a blog: Youth Media for Building Healthy Communities.
Youth Coordinators’ Learning Network
The Youth Coordinators’ Learning Network builds the capacity of youth leaders to implement best practices in healthy community engagement strategies, organizing skills, and campaign development in order to prepare them to address school and community health issues.
Sons & Brothers
Health Happens Here With All Our Sons and Brothers, a major initiative of The California Endowment, is developing youth leaders across the state who are advocating for public policies and system changes that will help provide the support they need to thrive. With 70 percent of all youth in the state identifying as persons of color, it is essential they have access to the resources they need to excel as the future leaders of California.
Read more about our projects on this and other TCE pages to see how you can contribute.