Quadruple your bottom line: Invest in young people and social change

Invest in young people as activists on health issues and you may get a quadruple bottom line: a single investment that brings four times the impact.  Mid-City CAN, a community-based youth leadership organization, wants to harness the power of young people from various backgrounds, including Latinos, Southeast Asians and East Africans, to spread the word: trending healthy behaviors, […]

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The relationship between schools and health: a youth reflection

Students at Crawford High School in City Heights are using photography to explore how school influences their social, physical and mental health. They identified key health influences and created photo essays, highlighting issues such as having more nature on campus, the benefits of diversity, and the importance of coaches to youth development.  See the most […]

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A student’s view of large class sizes

For the AJA Project Photocity program, students at Crawford High School used “participatory photography” to examine factors at school affecting student health.  This week, Hawa, age 18,  highlighted the issue of overcrowded classes. The problem, she thinks, is that “when there are a lot of student the teacher can’t see what is going on with […]

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Graffiti at school

If students look closely at their surroundings, they’ll find a lot of words and images filling the walls and desks that make up their school habitat.  One student created an up close photo essay to shed light on the nature of school graffiti, on Speak City Heights.

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City heights school clinics keep students healthy — and in class

The Affordable Care Act includes funding for student health centers, aiming not only for general physical health, but to encourage school attendance and increase graduation rates.  Since the law passed, California school clinics have received more than $30 million.  City Heights’ newest school opened in October and has already made an impact on at least one student.  Read the report […]

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