The youth related mandate of our organization is to facilitate young people in our region to grow and develop leadership and resource capacities towards contributing to achieving health for all; starting with learning to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families. Launched in 2019, this project is implemented through primary and senior secondary school health clubs, and an annual Youth and Public Health Conference.
In addition to healthy professional socializing club activities, this is where students learn the most together and creatively apply youth focused solutions to the health challenges they face at this stage of their lives.
Each School Health Club has a designated adult Patron who guides and support the youth to successfully complete a health club project each school term. The Clubs engage with their members, teachers and community elders to identify priority areas upon which to focus, to include disease prevention, healthy eating, physical activity, emotional wellbeing, and safe socializing that is free from smoking, drug, and alcohol use.
Beyond the school community, Clubs are linked to meaningful partnerships within local and international health promotion professional community. The annual conference provides opportunities for shared training and workshop opportunities among participating schools, the feedback and input of community and international health professionals and links students to funded youth opportunities for professional development in health promotion.