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Statewide Steering Committee


The Statewide Steering Committee for Youth Leadership was first convened in 2012 to respond to an identified need for more structured youth engagement in  the BHC work at a statewide level.  The California Endowment and partnering agencies recognized that youth engagement was emerging as a key strategy to accomplish BHC outcomes in many of the sites.  The Steering Committee was created to support the work of the sites, take advantage of the growing youth voice and lift up youth and youth culture as important perspectives and tools in the efforts to change systems and policies to improve health of communities. 

Mission and Purpose
The BHC Youth Steering Committee amplifies the voice, creativity and power of youth to organize and advocate for transformational change and healing in our communities and across California.

The Steering Committee purpose is to:

·      Coordinate and support statewide youth structure development;

·      Create opportunities for cross site youth engagement learning;

·      Support cross site communication regarding youth leadership;

·      Guide statewide youth policy advocacy efforts;

·      Represent and support local communities; and

·      Encourage and build mechanisms for cross-site support and communications.


In 2014 the Steering Committee will focus it’s work on guiding statewide youth policy advocacy and creating opportunities for cross-site learning. 


The Statewide Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from each of the 14 communities.  In order to ensure a wide variety of perspectives, membership includes youth and allied adults with a strong sense of the youth work happening in their local communities, experience with policy and systems change, previous leadership experience and a demonstrated commitment to their local BHC work. 

Our current members are:

Makenzy Williams, Del Norte County and Adjacent Tribal Lands

Open Seat, South Sacramento

Jennifer Dueñas, Richmond

Diana Jauregui, East Oakland 

Alyssa Castro, Merced

Open Seat, Fresno

Open Seat, East Salinas

MaryLou Chavez, South Kern

Open Seat, Boyle Heights

Marquis Liggins, South Los Angeles

Kazmere Duffy, Long Beach

Open Seat, Santa Ana

Rosa Olascoaga, City HeIghts

Youth Coordinator:
Alondra Young, South Sacramento

David Valdez, Boyle Heights

Hub Managers:

Evette Brandon, East Oakland

Second Hub Manager seat open

Program Managers:
Jennifer Chheang, Long Beach

Sandra Davis, East Oakland