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Youth Leadership


From the beginning, youth engagement and leadership has been a strategy in making public health change at the local, regional, state and national level.  In keeping with that tradition, The California Endowment has recognized the importance of youth voice and youth culture in accomplishing their mission.  

To that end, TCE has supported the development of several opportunities for youth to contribute to statewide efforts within BHC and The Endowment including:

  • President's Youth Council
  • BHC Statewide Steering Committee for Youth Leadership
  • BHC Youth Coordinator Network

Check out our latest newsletter.


Youth Coordinator Call

Tuesday March 18th's call focused on follow up to the BHC/BMOC Youth Adult Ally Retreat.  See the notes from the call in the Youth Leadership Document Library under Youth Coordinator Network.

BHC/BMOC Youth/Adult Ally Retreat

For 3 days in February youth and adult allies gathered in Long Beach for a retreat to focus on building new relationships, building skills and learning about each others' work.  The result was not only new bonds but suggestions for new directions in youth leadership and opportunities to support each other across sites.  For materials from this retreat visit the Youth Leadership Document Library.


Tuesday, May 20, 1-3pm, join the Youth Coordinator Network call to meet other adult allies supporting youth in their communities and learn new tools to support your work.  See the Statewide Youth Leadership calendar for the call in number. 

Statewide Youth Engagement Coordinating Team

Melissa Guajardo, MPH
California Center for Civic Participation
Email: mguajardo@californiacenter.org
Phone: 916-443-2229

Sophonya Simpson
Simpson and Associates
Email: Sophonya@gmail.com
Phone: 619-518-3334

Luis Sanchez
Movement Strategy Center

Email: luis@lasanchez.net
Phone: 323-376-9370

Jeremy Lahoud
Movement Strategy Center
Email: jeremy@movementstrategy.org
Phone: 562-208-9572

Paul Watson Jr. 
Watson and Associates, International
Email: watsonandassociates@gmail.com
Phone: 691-417-6791