About YEAH!

Youth Engagement and Action for Health (YEAH!) is a 14-week curriculum to engage youth participants in planning and implementing projects designed to create healthier neighborhoods. Youth will be trained to conduct neighborhood assessments, select a meaningful project, and advocate for change with local policy and decision makers.
YEAH! is a fantastic way for youth to understand how the design and function of their school and/or community impacts their health, to develop an action plan that can lead to changes, and to advocate for these changes with decision makers in their own community.

Benefits

  • Team Building
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Advocacy
  • Leadership
  • Community Involvement

Yeah! Curriculum

This YEAH! Curriculum provides guidance to adult leaders in schools, youth serving organizations, faith-based organizations, and other community groups on how to deliver this material to youth. The curriculum provides a variety of content and suggestions to help adults plan and deliver each session.

Use the links below to access the session pages.  From there you can download the resources for that session.  If you’d like to view all of the YEAH! Resources in one place – click here.

YEAH! Success Stories

YEAH! has been completed in youth-serving organizations from Boys & Girls Clubs, schools and afterschool programs across the country. Each club operates in their unique way, yet they follow the guidance of the curriculum. Below are four short inspirational stories from some YEAH! clubs

Contact Us.

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Nisha D. Botchwey

Associate Professor
School of City and Regional Planning Georgia Institute of Technology
Adjunct Professor
Rollins School of Public Health Emory University

Anna Joo Kim

Assistant Professor
School of Public Affairs San Diego State University

Further READING

  • Including Youth in the Ladder of Citizen Participation: Adding Rungs of Consent, Advocacy, and Incorporation.

    Botchwey, N. D., Johnson, N., O’Connell, L. K., & Kim, A. J. (2019). Including Youth in the Ladder of Citizen Participation: Adding Rungs of Consent, Advocacy, and Incorporation. Journal of the American Planning Association, 1-16.

  • Policy and Practice-Relevant Youth Physical Activity Research Center Agenda.

    Botchwey, N., Floyd, M. F., Pollack Porter, K., Cutter, C. L., Spoon, C., Schmid, T. L., … & Walker, A. L. (2018). Policy and Practice-Relevant Youth Physical Activity Research Center Agenda. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 15(8), 626-634.

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