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Youth Advisory Council

Beach Cities Health District's (BCHD) Youth Advisory Council is comprised of more than 80 middle and high school students (grades 8-12) from Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beach schools. The Youth Advisory Council is a youth-led committee focusing on the health and well-being of their Beach Cities peers.

The Youth Advisory Council has two representatives from Adams Middle School, three from Hermosa Valley School, one from Manhattan Beach Middle School, five from Parras Middle School, 43 from Mira Costa High School, 24 from Redondo Union High School, one from Patricia Dreizler High School and five more from additional surrounding schools including Chadwick, Loyola, Vistamar and California Academy of Mathematics and Science.
Grade# of members
8th Grade 11
9th Grade 16
10th Grade 22
11th Grade 16
12th Grade 17

Youth Advisory Council members:

  • 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
  • Serve a term of one year, attend four quarterly meetings and are recognized by BCHD’s publicly-elected Board of Directors
  • Have the potential to gain community service hours for their time on the Youth Advisory Council

Watch the Youth Advisory Council give advice to parents
Watch the winning video from Mental Health Awareness Week at Mira Costa High School
Learn about Youth Advisory Council's Substance Use Campaign, #EscapeTheVape here


Beach Cities Health District Youth Advisory Council application process for the 2019-2020 school year is closed.

For more opportunities to get involved at BCHD, please browse our current volunteer service opportunities and complete an application. For additional information, please email or call 310-374-3426 ext. 246.

Youth Advisory Council meetings will be held at Beach Cities Health District (514 N. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach) on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Meetings for the 2019-20 school year are scheduled on the following dates:

  • Sept. 17, 2019
  • Oct. 22, 2019
  • Nov. 19, 2019
  • Jan. 14, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • April 21, 2020

For questions about the Youth Advisory Council or the application process, please contact Shana Martinez, or (310) 374-3426 ext. 161.