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[[Opening Slide: Youth Health Advocates, HOPE Youth Leadership Program]]
We asked a variety of questions going from health care to driving and we really wanted to focus on health care so we had a couple of questions about asking if they had health care if their parents knew about the resources and if the teens were aware of also those resources.
Fifty percent of Latino seniors don't have access to the health care
We also found out that 70 percent of Latino parents do not know anything about health care or the resources available
[[Slide: Youth In Action]]
In Sacramento, we met with our state legislators and we were able to sit down and talk about all the work we've been doing,
They were amazed at the lack of knowledge that the parents were receiving with something so important especially here in the valley
To provide more classes on health education for every year of high school
We're looking to partner with parent community groups like Parent University or Valley PBS to make it more aware for parents of the different health care programs
[[Closing Slide: Funds from the Voices of Health Grant will support the Youth Health Advocates Initiative of the HOPE Youth Leadership Program. The Youth Health Advocates Initiative has trained over 460 young advocates.]]
Established in 1989, HOPE is a non-profit, non-partisan, organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy and education to benefit all communities and the status of women.
For 30 year, HOPE has focused on building the leadership capacity of Latinas in California.
HOPE's key programming includes:
HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI) - trains Latinas in vital advocacy skills to enable them to create fundamental change within their communities. To date, the program has graduated 523 Latinas.
HOPE College Leadership Program (HCLP)- focuses on enhancing the professional and personal development of college Latinas to ensuring successful degree attainment and workforce integration.
HOPE Youth Leadership Program (HCLP) - trains high school Latinas in critical skills to ensure self-sufficient futures. These trainings include STEM exposure, financial literacy, career exposure, health advocacy, college readiness, and personal life skills. HYLP has serviced over 4,000 Latina students, of which 460 have graduated from the intensive six-month leadership program.
HOPE Binational Fellowship - The HOPE Fellowship is an executive leadership program for outstanding Latina professionals who, through increased competence in national and global economic and security issues, can make urgent and long-lasting improvements in the lives of Latinas in the United States and all communities.
HOPE has also worked tirelessly to advocate on behalf of policy that improves our communities and guarantees access to and the affordability of health care and other key policy issues.
For over 30 years, HOPE has empowered over 50,000 Latinas across California to be advocates for themselves and their families. Sixteen years ago, we launched a program that would equip Latina adolescents with the tools and experience to become community leaders, health advocates and pursue higher education.
The Voices of Health grant will help support the Youth Health Advocates Initiative, a project of the HOPE Youth Leadership Program (HYLP). The Youth Health Advocates Initiative trains and empowers young women across California to explore health disparities among Latina adolescents in their communities. The project entails disseminating an intensive survey, analyzing pertinent data, identifying an issue area, acquiring community input, developing and proposing policy solutions, and meeting with state legislators and local decisions makers to advocate for their solutions. The Youth Health Advocates look at issues such as teen pregnancy, health care access, healthy food access, and mental health in addition to other public health issues.
To date, HOPE has trained over 460 youth health advocates. Some past successes include, the creation of health clubs on high school campuses, school-wide initiatives to address food insecurity in Bakersfield, CA and city-wide campaigns to address substance abuse and food desserts in Fresno, CA.