Youth Activism for
Public health is
the organized efforts aimed at the prevention of
disease and promotion of health across our
communities. Youth activism is aimed at a
variety of issues, including HIV/AIDs, smoking,
pregnancy prevention, and more.
The Freechild Project has identified the following local and national youth
activism programs and organizations focused on
Advocates’ Youth Activist Network - Youth
activists from across the country fight for
young people’s right to accurate sexual health
information and youth-friendly sexual health
Young Solutions International - YSI works internationally to
promote youth involvement in health promotion
and health education.
Child-To-Child International -
Promotes children teaching other children, their families
and their wider communities about public health
American Legacy Foundation Youth Activism
program - Promotes and invests in the
leadership of youth who are committed to tobacco
control and prevention.
Youth INTERACTIVE - A youth
social marketing organization that inspires and
empowers youth to drive positive trends in
health, education and civic participation. Their
Active Lifestyle Program positions youth
empowerment and youth driven activities as a
central goal of public health.
The truth campaign - Engages teens by exposing Big
Tobacco's marketing and manufacturing practices,
as well as highlighting the toll of tobacco in
relevant and innovative ways.
Youth 4 Health -
Collectively campaign on common causes involving
tobacco and other addictions control, promotion
of healthy diets and regular physical activity,
protection of the environment, enhancing gender
equity and respect, prevention of HIV infection,
and promotion of road safety.
California Adolescent Health Collaborative -
Promotes a variety of avenues for
youth involvement in public policy making.
Students Taking Charge - A national program
of Action for Healthy Kids, STC gives young
people the reigns to encourage them to address
obesity and undernourishment in schools by
helping young people eat right, be active and
get ready to learn.
Empower ME -
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working
to create an on-air, online, and grassroots
movement to reach millions of kids with “cool”
messages about healthy living.
Youth Involvement in School Health - A
webpage on the Healthy Schools Successful
Students website by the University of
Washington, the Washington State Department of
Health and the Washington State Office of
Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Children for Health: Children as partners in
health promotion. Hanbury-Leu, C. (2005)
Child-to-Child Monitoring and Evaluating
Childrens Participation in Health and
Development. Hanbury-Leu, C. (2007)
Youth-Led Health Promotion in Urban Communities:
A community capacity-building perspective.
Delgado, M. (2008) Rowman & Littlefield
Youth-Led Community Participatory Research into
School HealthCenter Programs and Policies,"
Soleimanpour, S., Brindis, C., Geierstanger, S.,
et al. (2008) Public Health Report.
FUEL - Comprehensive Health Education
Foundation's curriculum engaging youth in
obesity prevention activities.
a worldwide movement against HIV/AIDS: a model
for creating international youth activism."
By Elliott RT, Taylor AR. (2004) 15th Annual
International Conference on AIDS in Bangkok,
Education and Public Health: Natural partners
for learning in life. Smith, J. (2003)
Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and
Activism Brings Meaning to My Life."
By Ritu. Washington, DC: Advocates for
or Bust: Battling AIDS", By Osmun, J.
Wiretap magazine. November 30, 2006
Youth-Led Health Promotion, Youth Engagement and
Youth Participation: A Research Review.
McCall, D.S. and Shannon, M.M. (1999) Health
a Statewide Model of Youth Activism in Violence
Prevention: A Tale of Program Development and
Evaluation," (2005) Community Youth
A Drug Prevention Strategy for Canada’s Youth:
Youth engagement in substance abuse prevention
and health promotion. Carrier-Sabourin,
K., Chu, S., and Rogal, J. (2009) Issues of