Kaiser Permanente believes in youth. We believe in the power of youth voice as catalyst for change. We value youth as essential allies in our work to improve the health of our communities. Our youth engagement programs provide youth the opportunities to be educators, leaders and advocates for health as a life long journey. Under the guidance and facilitation of professional actors/educators from our team, our youth partner with experts from school, city and state health organizations to achieve the following goals:

  • Identify health barriers
  • Raise awareness of health concerns
  • Offer youth driven solutions
  • Implement youth driven strategies to improve the health of the community

We support the Colorado comprehensive health and physical education standards of offering skill-based curriculum allowing students to apply their health knowledge by advocating for their own health and the health of their community.

Reach, Partnerships and Impact

Since 2005, AIR’s Youth Engagement Programs have reach 157,857 students and community members across the state of Colorado through presentations, plays, videos and action projects developed by more the 350 high school aged participants. Additionally, AIR staff and youth leaders have taught more than 500 youth engagement workshops/classes for youth and adult participants.

Community Health Action Team (CHAT)

A statewide youth council for youth, grades 9 to 12

CHAT believes that health is a life-long journey. We believe that for our peers to make healthy decisions, they need effective educational resources, positive mentoring and the intentional development of life skills and strategies. We also are passionate about being artists and strongly believe that the arts can inspire people to make healthy choices.

Jeffco Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

A youth council for Jeffco Public Schools’ students, grades 9 to 12

SHAC’s mission is to pioneer the way toward balanced, healthy lifestyles and a quality learning environment by giving students a voice in health and bringing district-wide awareness and education around physical and mental well-being.

Colorado 9to25

Connect, Improve, Inspire

Colorado 9to25 is a collective, action oriented network of youth and adults working together to achieve positive outcomes for all youth in Colorado. CO9to25 takes collaborative action to ensure all young people ages 9 to 25 are safe, healthy, educated, connected and contributing.

Visit the Colorado9to25 website.


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We focus on youth and adult partnerships and we make sure that youth voices are really heard.

— Student from Golden High School

I found friends, I found pathways to new interests, and I found connections with amazing people who have really helped me on my journey to college.

— Student from Ralston Valley High School

For More Information: Sam Wood samuel.n.wood@kp.org