‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program


Held annually during the convention, the ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program brings young people age 14-18 together to:

  • Develop leadership and advocacy skills
  • Have fun with hands-on activities and field trips
  • Learn about policies affecting school-based health centers (SBHCs)
  • Network with experts in the SBHC field
  • Learn how to make positive changes for teen health
  • Connect with other teen leaders from around the country
  • Engage-Advocate-Impact-Lead

For more information, please see the 2019 ‘Be the Change’ Program Agenda and this promotional flyer.

Reflections from Past Participants

“It was great to experience what adults do and that they included youth—because we really are the future—it’s not just a cliché. At a young age, we get a better understanding and can create positive change for the future.”

“It was really helpful getting to know everyone else, seeing what other people are doing and having a structured platform to jump off of.”

“I got a lot of new ideas to bring back home to change my community and school. It woke me up and opened my eyes to seeing so many different programs doing wonderful things and ideas and stories that others have.”

“I really like the vibe of the workshops.   I felt really safe in the space.”

“I appreciate there was an actual Youth Program. I’ve been to other conferences where we were just with the adults and many of the topics didn’t necessarily directly apply to us.  Our Youth Program was presented in a way that was engaging for us as youth. When we mingled with the adults, it gave us the right information to take in at our level.”

“I thought it was awesome to see all of the different things other groups were doing because in our school we have a difficult time getting across to administration that this is important.  I think it’s awesome that everyone is doing this and we have new ideas on how to implement things.”

Scholarships Available!

Scholarships are available to help students attend the ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program by covering the cost of the hotel for the duration of the program.

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