Youth Development

The School-Based Health Alliance is committed to working with youth

Youth advocates for school-based health care.Young people are effective advocates for and consumers of their own health care. As key stakeholders in school-based health centers (SBHCs), youth can provide critical input to the development and delivery of services, as well as advocacy and awareness efforts for health topics and needs. We believe that youth can shape programs, policy, and outreach activities that affect the health of their peers in their schools, communities, and nationwide. To support this belief, the organization leads a variety of initiatives and activities that engage youth via empowerment, advocacy, and education strategies.

Youth Engagement Toolkit: Lead the Way is the School-Based Health Alliance’s online youth engagement toolkit. This resource is designed for individuals who work in school-based or community health centers who want to engage youth in their mission and work.

Youth Advisory CouncilThe School-Based Health Alliance Youth Advisory Council (YAC) gathers high school and college students for a one-year term of leadership, advocacy, and service aimed at the promotion of school-based health care at a national level.