Youth Leadership Initiatives aim to build resiliency among youth leaders ages 12 to 18 (Grades 7 to 12).

Public Health staff will work together with school staff to implement this initiative with students/youth. They will facilitate and support youth through the following process:

Step 1 – Recruit a group of youth in grade 7 to 12 (ages 12 to 18) who are interested in being peer leaders.

Step 2 – Establish the team of peer leaders to accomplish Steps 3 to 7.

Step 3 – Identify issues that are relevant to their school/community (e.g. mental health and well-being).

Step 4 – Prioritize and decide on a key topic or issues to address.

Step 5 – Develop an action plan to influence others in their school or community.

Step 6 – Implement the plan.

Step 7 – Evaluate and celebrate successes.

Schools can contact their School Liaison Public Health Nurse for more information.