New research and communication skills are empowering youth leaders to protect public health in their home communities.

Youth Policy Leaders empowers local teens and young adults through trainings, resources, and work experience so they can advocate for health equity in their home communities.

Recruitment prioritizes youth from disenfranchised neighborhoods, including youth with roots in the undocumented community. Youth Leaders may also have a history of exposure to trauma, abuse, or involvement with the juvenile justice system.

To ensure that trainings and services are fully accessible to participants, we rely on experienced case-management and career coaching staff to connect youth with stabilization services.

The Community Action Model allows YPL youth to contribute to meaningful campaign work while building skills they can use to pursue higher education and career opportunities. YPL’s youth-led policy campaigns use the Community Action Model to develop skills such as:

  • Conducting public opinion surveys
  • Analyzing and communicating data
  • Designing new public policies
  • Interviewing key stakeholders
  • Drafting letters-to-the-editor
  • Building community action plans
  • Public speaking and presenting
  • Interacting with public officials

The Community Action Model moves away from projects that focus solely on changing individual lifestyle and behavior to ones that mobilize community members to change the environmental factors responsible for economic and environmental inequities.