Building Healthy Communities
About Building Healthy Communities
The California Endowment has teamed up with 14 communities throughout the state to help improve their physical, social, and economic environments and thereby promote the health of children and families. Through this 10 year commitment to Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment and those involved have come to understand that health happens not just in doctors’ offices, but health happens in neighborhoods. Creating opportunities for youth to take meaningful leadership roles is one strategy to realizing the goals set out by The Endowment. For more information go to http://www.calendow.org/healthycommunities/
The California Center, in partnership with The California Endowment, Movement Strategy Center and Simpson and Associates is coordinating all statewide youth leadership opportunities associated with The California Endowment and Building Healthy Communities.
The goals of the statewide youth leadership work are to:
• Ensuring a youth voice at the statewide and regional levels
• Increase the capacity of youth and adults within BHC to include youth initiatives within BHC
• Improve communications regarding youth engagement among communities
There are 3 opportunities for youth and their adult allies to support youth leadership and youth engagement in this work:
• The President’s Youth Council-Ambassadors for Youth
• BHC Statewide Steering Committee on Youth Leadership
• BHC Youth Coordinator Network
BHC Statewide Steering Committee on Youth Leadership:
One youth represents each of the 14 BHC communities on this committee. THe mission of the Statewide Steering Committee is to amplify the voice, creativity and power of youth to organize and advocate for transformational change and healing in our communities and across California.
The Statewide Steering Committee coordinates and supports statewide youth structure development, creates opportunities for cross site youth engagement and learning, guides statewide youth policy advocacy efforts, and advises on cross site communications and coordination of statewide youth gatherings. Like us on Facebook.
The Presidents Youth Council-Ambassadors for Youth:
The President’s Youth Council is a group of youth from throughout California who act as a sounding board to Dr. Ross, the President and CEO of The California Endowment and act as Ambassadors of Dr. Ross and TCE among other youth and communities. They educate themselves on trends among youth so that they can best advise and bring new ideas to Dr. Ross. PYC members also have opportunity to reflect on their own goals and gain useful insights on those goals from Dr. Ross. Like us on Facebook
BHC Youth Coordinator Network:
The Youth Coordinators Network is a network of adults who work alongside youth in the BHC communities. The goals of the group are to provide opportunities or youth coordinators to build relationships and community across the 14 sites, to develop shared vision and goals for youth engagement across the 14 sites, and build capacity of all youth coordinators through sharing of resources, trainings and mutual support. For more information and access to resources visit BHC Connect.