Welcome to the Youth Advocates for Community Health Resource Website! 

Three photos of youth participation in YACH projects. Youth are making healthy yogurt snacks, tending to a greenhouse, and distributing flyers dressed as fruit and vegetables.

This website is meant to be used as a supplement to the

Youth Advocates for Community Health Guidebook.

The Youth Advocates for Community Health Guidebook was created from an awareness that policy, systems, and environmental change work happening is frequently missing youth voices.

The Youth Advocates for Community Health Guidebook:

  • Provides adults with the tools to implement effective youth participatory action research
  • Supports the process of young people identifying issues, enhancing awareness of communities, and discover their niche to address issues
  • Builds leadership skills among youth, increasing competence and confidence to address community health issues at a policy, systems and environment level
  • Enhances the impact of policy, systems and environment work through engagement of youth.

Course: Groundwork for Youth Empowered Community Change

This comprehensive course comprises three modules:

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Equity
  • Policy, Systems and Environmental Change

This course can be utilized in the “Pre-planning” phase of Youth Advocates for Community Health to foster a common language and comprehension of the pertinent issues among participants. It can also be utilized as a standalone e-learning resource for those seeking to delve deeper into the subjects of social determinants of health, health equity, and policy systems and environmental change.

Learn about the course

How to Use This Website:

  1. Download the Youth Advocates for Community Health guidebook.
  2.  Click the headers on the top of the page to explore each section; the headers correspond to the sections/steps of action in the guidebook. Each page contains resources that are linked in the corresponding section of the guidebook and additional resources and activities that might be helpful as the group moves through the project.
  3. Follow the five steps of action to guide youth through a youth-led project.