The Community Advocates program trains students enrolled in 10th-12th grade to be health advocates and peer educators in trending health topics, such as the dangers of tobacco or the importance of nutrition and fitness. Students also learn about health promotion, social marketing, and community mobilization and use this knowledge to conduct a community assessment that informs a health campaign. Participants then use the campaign to drive change through advocacy, community engagement, and social media.
Trending Health Topics
This cohort has researched the effects of tobacco and tobacco ads on youth. Using what they have learned from their community assessment and the mapping project, participants have created a tobacco campaign regarding point-of-purchase advertising. This campaign will be used to mobilize the community towards eliminating all tobacco advertising in stores.
Nutrition and Fitness
This cohort will focus their efforts on researching the nutrition and fitness status of the community. Participants will identify factors that may help/hinder their efforts in promoting healthy lifestyles. The Community Advocates will launch a new Healthy Initiative among youth centers, residential housing, and other influential entities in the area.