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Building Healthy Communities Through Youth Leadership

Summary of Key Findings from the 2013-2014 Youth Program Participant Survey

By Veronica Terriquez, Ph.D. and Gabriela Dominguez

July 2014

The California Endowment (TCE) has invested in youth leadership and youth-led organizing as a key component of the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Initiative.

This report is part of a broader assessment of BHC youth programming and focuses on survey results collected from young people across 13 target communities.  The youth surveyed represent 68 BHC-affiliated organizations that engage their members through leadership development, grassroots organizing, restorative justice, arts and media production, and health-related activities.

Overall, the research findings show that investments in youth leadership and youth organizing result in positive impacts on the personal development and leadership capacity of youth living in low income communities.


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"Sowing the Seeds of Change": Youth Organizing in the Inland Empire

By Veronica Terriquez, Michael Chavez, and Angela Ross

February 2015

To provide some frame of reference for the Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC)’s efforts, this report begins with a brief overview of the history and geographic context of ICUC’s work with youth. This report:

  • Outlines the process by which ICUC seeks to develop youth members’ leadership and engage them in campaigns
  • Describes ICUC’s current youth membership and the involvement of its members in youth organizing activities
  • Details the various ways in which ICUC contributes to the healthy development and leadership capacity of its members

The findings presented are based on surveys collected from 61 ICUC youth in 2013, follow-up in-depth interviews with 10 ICUC youth members, interviews with staff, participant observations, and archival data.

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