The Youth Track at the School-Based Health Alliance Convention

By Tyler Lang, Youth Advisory Council Member

YAC at EdDeptThe Youth Track is one of the many great activities at the School-Based Health Alliance’s annual convention. The Youth Track is designed to help educate our nation’s youth about the ever-changing world of school-based health centers, and about health care in general. They accomplish this by bringing in great presenters from across the country to discuss many unique topics in a way that young people will find enjoyable and thought provoking. Youth Track attendees are able to connect and network with these speakers, along with each other. Youth can share their experiences while gaining the tools and drive they need to make a difference within their own communities.

Some of the interesting topics that will be covered at the 2014 Youth Track include lessons on how to understand health statistics and facts, how to discuss reproductive health care options for teenagers, how youth can advocate for themselves and their peers, and more. This year, the School-Based Health Alliance’s Youth Advisory Council will give the opening presentation for the Youth Track. The Youth Advisory Council is comprised of five young people from across the country that are fervent in their support for youth health rights. They will share their numerous experiences and provide support to the Youth Track participants. You can follow the Youth Advisory Council on Twitter at @sbhayac.

The Youth Track is a great educational program for all youth to partake in. They will leave the convention knowing the information required to advocate for their health rights and with more confidence to speak up when their rights are being infringed upon. And this year, many of the Youth Track workshops are open to adults as well, so even if you aren’t a young person, maybe you can find the time to stop by for a visit!

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