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Fresno Youth Help Build a Better Community!
The Central West Fresno area is among 14 communities throughout the state that The California Endowment has selected for a community-led effort to achieve healthier, cleaner, greener, and more equitable neighborhoods. The 10-year initiative by The California Endowment will commit financial support for this community-wide collaboration. The goal of the Building Healthy Communities initiative is to achieve policy changes in the 14 communities that will promote health coverage for all children, reductions in childhood obesity rates and youth violence as well as increased school attendance, among others. “The Endowment seeks to create communities where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn,” said Sarah Reyes, senior program officer for The California Endowment. “It is imperative that the 10-year effort have community-wide involvement across all sectors, including youth residents.
This event is being organized and facilitated by youth for youth. Adult attendees will be asked to step back and be note takers at the event. The focus of the workshops will be to develop youth-crafted policy recommendations to improve our community, schools, streets and green spaces thus creating a healthy community. These policy recommendations will be presented to the larger collaborative to ensure youth voices and youth ideas are included in the overall 10-year plan, since the youth of today will grow up to be the caretakers of the new “healthy community.”
The event will be held on Saturday, Feburary 15th, 2010 at the Zimmerman Boys and Girls Club, located at 540 N Augusta St Fresno, CA between 10am and 2pm. For more information, please contact MaryJane Skjellerup at 559-246-8189 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org