Youth Leadership Coalition
CSHAA has a very active youth leadership program known as the Youth Leadership Coalition (CSHAA YLC). The CSHAA-YLC is designed to acknowledge the need for more positive activities for teens during out-of school time. By serving as teen advocates to their peers, family and community members, youth leadership coalition members can be a voice in implementing change in Arden Arcade. This opportunity provides teens with a way to get involved with community service projects and work with community groups that address issues important to teens. This is a great way to gain real world experience while having an impact on the community in which they live.
This spring, our youth leadership coalition focused on the Photo Voice Project. This program utilizes the camera as a means to create social change by uniquely capturing compelling photography.
It gives a voice to those who are not normally heard, and sheds light on the issues that are important to our teens, and that may otherwise be ignored.
Our youth were tasked with taking pictures based on CSHAA’S number one question, “How does alcohol, tobacco & other drugs impact Arden Arcade youth?” We anticipate extending this program into the summer. The work will be showcased at the Responsible Alcohol Merchant Awards (RAMA).
We Say Goodbye … and We’re Hiring
SacSCIP and CSHAA staff/board members gathered at a local restaurant to said goodbye to our founding coalition program director, Jessica Fielding.
Jessica was not only a phenomenal employee, but she was also recognized in the prevention field as a highly skilled and effective leader. Jessica had a keen ability to make solid connections with key stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels. These connections proved to be remarkably beneficial to the advancement of CSHAA over the past five years. CSHAA went from a fledgling start up project to a nationally recognized Drug Free Coalition model where Jessica was tapped to present to political leaders and other DFC’S throughout the United States.
Jessica was also a member of SCIP’S leadership team and somehow still found the time to recruit and supervise student interns from the Social Work program at CSUS. She has developed a wonderful staff, too.
Jessica and her staff should be proud of the many accomplishments, successes, etc., they have achieved over the past five years. We are ALL going to miss her, but wish her the best as she pursues another level of positively impacting youth and families throughout the state of California.
Currently seeking candidates for the position of Program Director
For more information on this position and to request an application, CLICK HERE