2016 BHC Youth Civic Engagement and Community Well-Being (California and BHC site reports)

Please note: reports dated earlier than June 2020 were published under our previous names: the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) or the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII).

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Since 2010, The California Endowment (TCE) has invested in youth leadership and youth organizing groups as a key component of its Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative.

These youth groups have sought to support the healthy development of their members while engaging them in organizing, advocacy, and other efforts to advance their community’s well-being. As part of a longitudinal evaluation, this report focuses on BHC-affiliated youth organizations in 14 BHC Sites.

This summary report draws on survey data collected from the regular participants, or “core” youth members, of 98 organizations that engage their members in grassroots organizing and advocacy, media production and cultural arts, practices that promote healing and well-being, and/or other activities. This report provides a demographic profile of participants and describes their involvement. It also presents self-reports of how youth acquire a range of civic and educational skills and experiences, while also enhancing their own well-being. Gathered just after the 5-year midpoint of the BHC initiative, survey results evidence how the BHC initiative is contributing to the leadership and healthy development of a large cohort of California’s youth.

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