Believe in youth.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
We believe in the power of the voice of youth as a catalyst for change. We value young people as essential allies in our work to improve the health of our communities. Our engagement programs provide youth the opportunities to be educators, leaders and advocates for health as a lifelong 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 reached over 150,000 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)
JEFFCO STUDENT HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL (SHAC)
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