Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is seeking qualified middle and high school students (grades 8-12) who are passionate about their peers' health and wellness to serve on the Youth Advisory Council. The Youth Advisory Council is a youth-led committee focusing on the health and needs of their Beach Cities peers. As a Youth Advisory Council member, students will promote students' health and wellbeing in the Beach Cities.
Youth Advisory Council members will:
- Act as ambassadors and leaders of health by connecting students with resources, events and information
- Offer advice and recommendations on health issues affecting Beach Cities youth including: alcohol and other drug use, smoking, vaping, marijuana, stress, anxiety, depression, suicide, and sexual identity to discuss prevalent trends and solutions
- Evaluate effectiveness of the youth programming provided by BCHD, like mindfulness events and the purpose workshops
- Develop programming for activation events at middle and high schools on topics including student mental health and substance use
Beach Cities Health District will start accepting applications August 22, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. All applications will be due by Friday, September 7, 2018. Those selected for the Youth Advisory Council will be notified by Thursday, September 13, 2018. Youth Advisory Council meetings will be held at Beach Cities Health District (1200 Del Amo St., Redondo Beach) on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Students who participate are expected to attend all meetings, complete volunteer orientation, follow the ground rules provided, and communicate any schedule conflicts in advance. Parents/Guardians are expected to ensure student is picked up from meetings by 8:00 p.m. and acknowledge the ground rules provided.
Student applicants must live in or attend a middle or high school in the following Beach Cities:
- Redondo Beach
- Hermosa Beach
- Manhattan Beach
Meetings will take place on the following dates:
- Sept. 18, 2018
- Oct. 16, 2018
- Jan. 15, 2019
- March 19, 2019
Selected students will serve a term of one year, attend four quarterly meetings, and be recognized by BCHD’s publicly elected Board of Directors. Students have the potential to gain community service hours for their time on the Youth Advisory Council.
For questions about the Youth Advisory Council or the application process, please contact Shana Martinez, firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 374-3426 ext.161.