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Summer Youth Leadership Institute

2022 Summer Youth Leadership Institute
Health Equity and Leadership Training for Youth

The Summer Leadership Institute is supported by a planning team from the Youth Development Department and Touro University, California's Public Health Program. High school youth apply to experience a 5-day intensive youth advocate training that will be coordinated and led by community leaders and experts in the field of youth development, public health, environmental prevention, community activism, and peer education. Students will participate in a field trip to the State Capitol to meet with leaders in governing agencies to engage in communication with decision makers about policy development. Graduates of the Institute will receive a Youth Advocate Certification and will have the opportunity to develop their own prevention campaign in their community that will be carried out during the upcoming school year.

Dates: Monday, August 8th - Friday, August 12th


Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Day 1, 2, 3 and 5) 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Day 4)

Eligibility: High school students living in or attending school in Solano County.

The Health Equity and Leadership Training for Youth project is based on foundation of the principals and practices of Positive Youth Development (PYD) and Youth-led Participator Action Research (YPAR).

PYD is an intentional, prosocial approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances young people's strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.

YPAR is an innovative approach to positive youth and community development based in social justice principles in which young people are trained to conduct systemic research to improve their lives, communities, and the institutions intended to serve them.

The Summer Leadership Institute: Health Equity and Leadership Training for Youth will expand and promote learning opportunities that:

  • Create protective/resiliency factors for young people
  • Encourage community and civic engagement
  • Build teamwork, leadership & advocacy skills
  • Provide interesting and relevant skill development activities
  • Foster healthy relationships & partnerships with adult allies and peers

All participants are required to comply with Touro University California's COVID protocols while on campus. Below are the requirements for the Summer Youth Leadership Institute (protocols are subject to change):

  1. Guests should not attend if they have symptoms of COVID or have tested positive in the previous 10 days
  2. All guests should be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination prior to attendance. If not vaccinated, guests must show proof of a negative test for each day they are on campus.
  3. Masks are required at all times while on campus (except when eating or drinking). While KN95 masks are preferred, guests can use surgical masks. Cloth masks are NOT allowed.

Tests will be made available to all participants who are required to show proof of a negative test. Additionally, extra masks (N95 and surgical) will be onsite everyday for participants; as well as, hand sanitizer, and COVID tests.

Transportation assistance may be available upon request. Please contact Johanna Nowak-Palmer.

Summer Youth Leadership Institute: Healthy Equity Training


Johanna Nowak-Palmer
Program Manager
(707) 646-7608

Rebecca Floyd
Project Coordinator
(707) 646-7602

Touro University, California

Annette Aalborg, DrPH
Professor, Public Health Program
(707) 334-7021

Sammy Puebla, MPH
Program Manager, Youth in Action for Healthy Equity
(510) 620-4591