Our Youth Action programs support the leadership of our young people through authentic interactive programs in Civic Engagement, Career Pathways, Health & Wellness, and School Climate.
(Instagram photos courtesy of Eden Youth and Family Center)
► Read recent reflections from San Lorenzo High School Fresh Crew Interns
"From my time as an employee of Project EAT I’ve learned about the advantages of working with others to achieve certain goals. About a month ago, my peers and I worked in our school garden to plant various vegetables such as cilantro, parsley, and kale in order to introduce fresh produce in a school with students prone to unhealthy eating habits. Even though I had no prior knowledge to planting or working in a garden, I had the help of my peers to help me ease into a different environment, and we ended up being very productive. I look forward to new experiences in this program that could teach me life skills useful for my future and for the benefit of my community."
"As winter nears, the garden begins to bear witness to the withering away of our hard work. We’ve been working in the school garden vigorously since last year, and the brunt of our labor occurred over the summer. Having to witness a large change in the garden is bittersweet. Seeing all that we’ve worked on be threatened by nature itself makes me realize how much work we’ve actually done in relation to how quickly it will be done away with, only to be replaced when we sweat from our brows anew and plant once again. Still, these flowers are, in reality, only flowers, so I suppose it doesn’t matter much to them whether they’ll die without the specter of being replanted again."
► Read Student Reflections on Health and Wellness in blog posts
- Oakland High School Youth Advisory Board
- Youth Advisory Board Report 2018-19
- Healthy Living; Healthy Drinking Methods; Healthy Lifestyle - May 2019
- High Fructose Corn Syrup and Why It's Bad - March 2019
- Your Life, Your Choice - March 2019
- How Sugar Can Kill You - March 2019
- Healthy Living - January 2019
- The Importance of Water - January 2019
- Hayward Coalition for Healthy Youth, Youth Advisory Council
- Stress in School
- Oakland International High School’s Fall Internship Wraps Up!
- Jack-o'-lanterns and RAMAS
► Read Past Features
Youth Action Focus Areas
The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a youth-centered, youth-directed group of students who address health-related issues. YAB members are in grades 9-12 and represent multiple Alameda County schools. Learn More
Currently, there are two efforts supporting Pathways to College and Career (P2C&C): Project EAT ( Educate. Act. Thrive.) and Project Pathways. Both programs marry youth development strategies with rigorous standards-based approaches to engage students in youth centered activities and strategies. Learn More
Civic engagement embedded in real life experiences is the heart beat of a healthy democracy. View resources that inform and enlighten students on the power of civic engagement.
The Power of Collaboration: Youth Action in Alameda County.
A Special Message from L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools: A Call to Youth Action!
Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe interviews two students after an Alameda County Board of Education meeting.