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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
Total 82

Youth Advisory Council members:

  • Act as ambassadors of health by connecting peers with resources, events and information.
  • Raise awareness of and offer recommendations on health issues affecting Beach Cities youth including alcohol and other drug use, smoking, vaping, marijuana, stress, anxiety, depression, suicide, social justice, race, healthy equity and sexual identity to discuss prevalent trends and solutions.
  • Develop programming for activation on topics including student mental health and substance use.
  • Have opportunities to advocate for and implement solutions to address youth health issues through public speaking opportunities and supporting media content including videos, photoshoots, flyers and presentations.
  • Serve a term of one year, attend 8 council meetings, complete volunteer orientation, follow ground rules, communicate schedule conflicts in advance, gain community service hours for time on the Youth Advisory Council during meetings and additional activities and be recognized by BCHD’s publicly elected Board of Directors. Additional office hours and brainstorming sessions with staff may also be available.
  • Students applying for leadership positions will go through a virtual interview process. Students selected for a leadership position will attend Leadership Orientation prior to the start of the Youth Advisory Council and attend 3 additional leadership meetings throughout the school year.

Beach Cities Health District Youth Advisory Council application process for the 2020-2021 school year is now closed.

Youth Advisory Council meetings will be virtual via Zoom and held on Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Meetings for the 2020-21 school year are scheduled on the following dates:

• Oct. 20, 2020

• Nov. 17, 2020

• Dec. 15, 2020

• Jan. 12, 2021

• Feb. 9, 2021

• March 16, 2021

• April 20, 2021

• May 18, 2021

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

For questions about the Youth Advisory Council or the application process or difficulty completing the application, please contact Shana Martinez, shana.martinez@bchd.org or (310) 374-3426 ext. 161.

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

 

COVID-19 Health & Safety Posters created by students from BCHD’s Youth Advisory Council

COVID-19 Health & Guidance Videos created by students from BCHD's Youth Advisory Council