Our Mission

To empower youth to be active and valued participants in decision making processes at all levels.


TCE Youth Leadership

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:

  • Ensure a youth voice at the statewide and regional levels
  • Increase the capacity of youth and adults within BHC to include youth initiatives and organizing within BHC
  • Improve communications regarding youth engagement among communities
  • Enhance youth voice in state and local policy advocacy

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.