Youth Engagement Programs
Believe in youth.About the ProgramsKaiser Permanente believes in youth. We regard “Youth Voice” as a catalyst for change. We value youth leaders as essential allies in our work to improve the health of our communities. Our programs provide youth the opportunities to be educators, leaders, and advocates for health. Our youth leaders partner with experts from schools, cities, and state organizations to achieve the following goals:

  • Identify health barriers within a community
  • Raise awareness of community health concerns
  • Implement youth-driven strategies to improve community health

We envision our youth as resources to be cultivated, not problems to be fixed.

Recently youth leaders coined the term Creatify to describe how our youth engagement programs combine artistic strategies of creativity and the arts with the evidence-based Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach.

Read how Creatify comes out of our belief that the arts bring heightened value and greater understanding of the practical steps of implementing PYD and its 5 guiding principles.
Reach, Partnerships and ImpactSince 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.

Colorado 9to25Colorado 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 Colorado 9to25 website. Ensuring that young people can reach their full potential requires cross-sector coordination. In a time of economic uncertainty when we are constantly asked to do more with less, we must align our work to achieve greater results. By aligning our collective interests and resources we inspire changes in public and private planning and decision making to improve the health and well-being of youth across our state. Get Involved!

For more Information send an email to and visit the Colorado 9to25 website

Community Health Action Team (CHAT)A statewide health 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 are an action-oriented council that strongly believes the arts can inspire people to make healthy choices . We collaborate with community partners with the goal of producing health resources that support young people to advocate for their total health. All council positions are paid. CHAT recruits new members each spring when the senior members graduate and leave for new adventures.

Interested in Joining CHAT? Apply here

Greeley – Evans District 6 Student Health Advisory CouncilA youth council for Greeley – Evans District 6 students, grades 9 to 12
The Greely-Evans Student Health Advisory Council collaborates with district and school health leaders to contribute and improve districtwide health by representing the student body and their health concerns.

Jeffco Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)A youth council for Jefferson County Public Schools students, grades 9 to 12
The Student Heath Advisory Council is comprised of 15 dedicated youth leaders. Their 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. All council positions are paid. Applicants must attend a Jeffco High School. We recruit each fall at the beginning of the new school year.

Visit the SHAC website to access an online application and to discover all of the amazing things we’re doing in Jefferson County.