On April 30th, eight members of the Youth Advisory Council flew to Sacramento to participate in the annual ENACT Day event hosted by Public Health Institute, California Food Policy Advocates, and The California Endowment. ENACT Day aims to create a healthier California by exposing local community members to advocacy on statewide policies.

At the event, YAC Members heard from statewide policy experts and elected officials on legislative bills related to fostering healthy food environments in neighborhoods and schools, as well as bills related to creating communities in which all families have access to safe spaces to be active. The youth then met with San Diego legislators to discuss what bills were most important to their communities.  YAC members had the following to say about the event:

"ENACT Day was something that I have never been exposed to. The professionalism and environment I saw has given me motivation to put myself in events and spaces that would enhance my knowledge about politics and the process of bills. Overall, this has made me more confident in my ability to help my community." - Fowsiyo, 17
"ENACT Day was an amazing opportunity that I was able to participate in last week. It opened my eyes and allowed me to realize that there are others who will do anything to positively change their community. Whether social justice or health equity, so many concepts were introduced to me that encouraged me to be the change I want to see." - Namaya, 15
"My experience during ENACT Day can not be explained in words. From traveling together as a group to learning more about problems that our community and we as minorities face, the experience was so valuable. I went to ENACT Day knowing I would be advocating for food equity and CalFresh, but I was so inspired by the other bills and the impact they have on our communities." - Seham, 17

Huge thanks to Southwest Airlines and Public Health Institute for helping out youth make it to Sacramento!

To learn more about the Youth Advisory Council, visit us here


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