Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Colorado leads the way in engaging youth

Colorado continues to lead the way in engaging young people as two youth now serve as voting members on the Colorado Board of Health. To increase generational diversity, the Board of Health has hired Nadeen Ibrahim (above, center) and Janelle Orsborn (above, right) to serve as integral decision-makers on issues related to Colorado public health. Nadeen is a student at the University of Colorado Denver and Janelle is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver.

In addition to advocating for youth representation on the Board, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) staff also understand the value of having youth advisors at the health department. Hiring youth as staff at CDPHE has helped improve programming at the department and provide a unique expertise and perspective. Youth advisors Nkem Nwankwo and Lesley DelRio are pictured below with Audra Bishop, youth and young adult unit supervisor at CDPHE, and Mary Jane Cassalia, youth health specialist at CDPHE. In their role as youth advisors, Nkem and Lesley have partnered with department staff to provide context expertise in making department policies, practices and programs more "youth friendly" and relevant to the unique needs and perspectives of young people statewide.

To learn more about the value of youth advisors, read CDPHE's report: The Value of Youth Advisors. Also, be on the lookout for a new research document on positive youth development (PYD) which is set to be released in the coming months! Learn about PYD on CDPHE’s website.

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