Youth Engagement Activities

Youth-Led Strategies for Creating Healthier Communities

A 2020 SAHM Annual Meeting Special Session 

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The SAHM 2020 Annual Meeting Youth Involvement Program Subcommittee invites all registered attendees to sign-up for a special session that is part of SAHM’s efforts to support more meaningful youth engagement. Guided by Positive Youth Development principles, this inaugural session will feature a youth-led tour of the City Heights neighborhood, located in central San Diego. The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) program at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Community Health will serve as an exemplar of how participants can better understand and mobilize the power of youth engagement. 

In this engaging sixty-minute session, high school youth speakers will guide SAHM attendees on a customized exploration of the community, which has gained local and national attention for the food justice efforts vested in the area. An ethnically and culturally diverse neighborhood, City Heights is home to many refugee and immigrant families. While rich in culture, studies show that almost 30% of residents live below the federal poverty level. Attendees will take a half-hour guided walking tour of the neighborhood, with the young leaders offering insights into both the beauty and the health opportunities of this community. Specific focus will be paid to the youth’s experiences with health activism and by illustrating the way that the built environment and policies directly impact health in the area. The youth aim to present a comprehensive overview of their community as well as the efforts they are leading to make it a healthier place for all residents.

Following the walking tour, attendees will enjoy refreshments from a local East African restaurant while participating in a question and answer debriefing session with the youth and adult collaborators. 

This event is free to all SAHM AM20 registered attendees. Space is limited however, and attendees interested in participating must register via the link below to secure a spot. 


Session Logistics:
Attendees who sign-up to attend this special session will be asked to gather in the hotel lobby by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11. Transportation has been arranged to take participants to and from the community site, back to the hotel. Attendees are expected to arrive back at our meeting hotel by approximately 1:30 p.m.

The following session is not eligible for attendees to earn CME/CE credits.


Youth Engagement Training Session 

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Assessing and Building My Youth Engagement Skills and Capacity 

Description: This interactive training session will help participants understand models of effective youth engagement and the benefits to both youth and adult partners in increasing youth engagement. Participants will interact with tools and activities that will build their readiness and capacity for youth engagement. 

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Identify the benefits and challenges of various levels of youth engagement for youth, adults, and services related to adolescent health and well-being
  2. Assess intentions and readiness to develop a youth engagement plan and identify potential collaborators for their practice/organization
  3. Identify components to develop a youth engagement plan for their practice/organization
  4. Describe different youth engagement strategies employed by different youth-serving organizations
The following session is not eligible for attendees to earn CME/CE credits.