At the Westside Health Authority, we work with young residents in the community to help them realize their ability to take control of the direction of their lives. To this end, WHA has offered youth-centered activities and services for much of its history; providing a safe and structured environment to supplement learning, to encourage healthy habits and norms, and to become agents of the changes they wish to see.
Currently, WHA’s Youth Development efforts target programming toward teens and young adults. In this way, we are better able to effectively address community concerns regarding the lack of safe options and rewarding opportunities for those who are most at-risk. We accomplish this with activities that teach:
- Civic leadership
- Civic engagement
- Job readiness skills
- Financial literacy
- Effective communication
- Cultural heritage
- Life skills enrichment
- Afterschool Programming services offered onsite at WHA Youth Center and at local elementary schools.
- Intensive Mentoring services offered onsite and at 8 local high schools.
- Job readiness training and employment opportunities offered for youth aged 16 – 24.
- The Youth Working for Success program consists of civic leadership training and mentoring for youth aged 16-24 that are involved in the criminal justice system.
- Our growing Youth Council is made up of area teens and young adults who take on social problems to raise awareness locally and lobby for solutions.
For more details on how you can participate in or support our Youth Development programs, call (773) 378-5034.