East Bay Getting to Zero

Overview

The East Bay Getting to Zero Youth Engagement Working Group (formerly the Youth Catalyst Team) is a youth-focused program which honors youth as the experts of their lived experiences as well as key agents in the process toward creating sustainable changes in healthcare services for all youth and young adults. Our mission is to empower and educate youth to make informed decisions regarding their sexual health. We envision a Bay Area where all youth have access to equitable healthcare services and education.

The EBGTZ Youth Engagement Working Group is made up of East Bay youth, healthcare providers, and other professionals and organizations in the community who are dedicated to advancing the health equity of youth. Through our core approaches of authentic youth collaboration and peer leadership, we support youth access to care through coordination of sexual health care teams on both local and national levels. Our team of Youth advocates and Youth Interns are responsible for sharing materials and programs designed to increase young people’s knowledge, understanding, and empowerment around their sexual health. Our Youth Interns are members of all of our core working groups and Steering Committee; they are respected as subject matter experts and compensated for their time and indelible contributions.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to equip youth with the tools necessary to make informed decisions about their sexual health through advocacy, education, and peer leadership.

We envision a community where all youth have access to equitable healthcare services and education without high barriers, stigma, or discrimination.

Goals

The goals of the EBGTZ Youth Engagement Working Group are to:

◦ Foster positive relationships between youth and service providers

◦ Empower youth to make informed decisions regarding their sexual health

◦ Equip youth with the tools necessary for local and national political advocacy 

◦ Take a leadership role when planning and developing policies for teen programs.

◦ Link teenagers and their families to health services.

◦ Promote new knowledge and competence in adolescent health.

◦ Monitor efforts to make health services low barrier and of high quality.

◦ Create pathways to healthcare careers for youth

◦ Support research that advances adolescent health.

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