Each year, a group of rock star young people ages 14-22 connect with like-minded peers from around the country who are passionate leaders of change in their schools and communities. While this awesome experience typically happens in person, we’re making the program virtual, as now more than ever, young people’s voices demand to be heard!

The program schedule below outlines the week’s events. We encourage you to register and participate all week to get the full experience. If that is not possible, please still attend the Kickoff Event: Scavenger Hunt Competition. You won’t want to miss it! If you have any questions, email nkorp@sbh4all.org.

We can’t wait to meet you all!

Join us for our very first session of ‘Be the Change’ (BTC) 2021! This welcome session will include introductions and explanations of the BTC schedule, a fun scavenger hunt activity, and a productive, engaging conversation about the importance of using our voices as a youth. Join School-Based Health Alliance’s (SBHA’s) Youth Advisory Council members Chris Oshana and Andre Armour for an entertaining and engaging kick-off event!

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Youth Have Thoughts Too is an ongoing series led by our Youth Advisory Council members, where young people from around the nation gather to discuss the current events in our lives and our shared and unique experiences. Tackling Transitions will focus on the many changes we’re experiencing that comes with new chapters of our lives, related to easing COVID-19 policies, academia, and personal growth, to name a few. Join Emma Bittar and Audrey Gabriel for this discussion as part of our ‘Be the Change’ program.

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Media has the power to influence how young people view, think, and act in relationships. Join us as we analyze unhealthy relationships and behaviors portrayed in popular media, deconstruct patterns of abuse, and discuss how to utilize media portrayals when talking with young people in a health center setting. This meeting will be facilitated by SBHA Youth Advisory Council Members Audrey Gabriel and Baila Salifou, and Anna Casalme, Founder of Novelly. Novelly is an organization that utilizes the power of stories to create courageous conversations on taboo topics.

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Peer Health Exchange’s Near Peer Model, where local college students educate youth on various health topics, makes Peer Health Exchange different from other health programs. Peer Health Exchange’s Youth Advisory Board is the next step in the Near Peer Model. Youth use their voices to advocate for health education and equity by guiding the organization’s direction. Participants in this workshop will hear from Peer Health Exchange’s Youth Advisory Board Members Brandyn Nguyen, Kayla Birdsell, and Pilar Cortes-Vega on how to use your voice for advocacy.

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During this session, the Youth Action Councils (YACs) of Multnomah County will discuss how they had a successful year of connecting virtually with youth. They will share what worked and what didn’t. The YACs were able to complete campaigns, YAC Talks, Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR), retreats, and workshops from the comfort of their homes while still impacting their peers, schools, and communities. Join us for a session led by youth, for youth!

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At the beginning of the 20-21 school year, a couple of teens, in partnership with Multnomah County with a grant from the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs, developed and created a podcast that focused on mental health issues among the LGBTQ+/BIPOC communities. The team will share how they came up with episode themes, gear and software used, what has worked, and what they would do differently. The Multnomah County teens will host the session; this is one that you will not want to miss!

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In May of 2020, SBHA’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) started a youth listening and learning series entitled “Youth Have Thoughts Too” (YHTT). Since then, they have hosted five sessions focused on various topics, including COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, mental health, and vaccinations. Youth-based and youth-led discussions are a powerful way to connect with adolescents, dissect pressing issues within young populations, and give youth a voice. In this webinar, we will identify the most effective ways to plan and facilitate youth-based discussions in a way that gives your youth a platform. Join our YAC Members Brooklyn Waller and Baila Salifou as they share all they have learned through this experience and how you can apply this process in your health center or youth-serving organization.

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