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Despite a broad body of research illustrating the positive effects of youth-led social change, often times the perspectives of young people are absent during discussion-making processes. The UC San Diego Youth Advisory Council (YAC) aims to correct this omission. Comprised of passionate young leaders from throughout San Diego, the YAC is a group of highly motivated, hard-working, and passionate young people dedicated to improving health for San Diego communities, especially those communities which have experienced historical and systemic health inequities. Through advocacy and projects planned and led by YAC youth leaders, members work to change the social and environment factors that impact health.
YAC members meet bimonthly– planning projects and engaging in leadership workshops.
Young people experience dual roles in these activities, both as expert trainers/facilitators and as participants. During workshops, YAC members collaborate and share experiences working as a professional team in developing innovative approaches and strategies to best serve the needs of their community. To learn more about the work led by YAC members, visit our Projects page.
Contact: Amina Sheik Mohamed, MPH
Contact: Asmaa Deiranieh