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Inspiring Youth as Partners

2009 | Download

All over the country, from parents to communities to government, people are asking, why are young people so overweight? The Network for a Healthy California, a program of the California Department of Public Health and PHI, answered this question with a question: Who better to ask than young people themselves?

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This document is for organizations and individuals thinking about or preparing to work with young people in an authentic partnership to support their skills and leadership around their health and well-being. It is also for anyone interested in learning more about youth-led processes, youth-adult partnership, and/or the impacts of participatory action research on youth, adults, and communities.

While not a curriculum, this document is meant to be a helpful resource when embarking on a youth-led project. It showcases the six incredible youth teams from San Francisco to San Bernardino who took the opportunity to learn more about the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables. These youth took the lack of healthy food options available to them into their own hands and have started to create change in their communities.


Kamaljeet Singh-Khaira, Valerie Quinn, David Ginsburg, Barbara MkNelly, Katherine Hawksworth, Jennifer Gong, Spenta Kandawalla, Cadelba Lomeli Loibl , Susan Foerster

Produced through PHI's:

Network for a Healthy California, Supplemental Nutrition Education Program Education
(PHI program 1997-2015)