WHA has taught me that no matter how young you are, what you look like, or what you’ve been through you can still do better. The mentors don’t judge the youth on their appearance, they like to have fun but are still about business. It’s given me something to do other than sitting on the corners or at the house. I’ve been able to talk to people that are in positions to help place me in a better position for greatness. Since being here I’ve had fewer interactions with the police. I can also say that I now know that I have the leadership skills to not only motivate myself, but to motivate others to initiate change within my community. Here, I have been able to do things that I’ve never done before, like voting in the 2014 mid-term election, put on the first WHA youth-led candidates forum, and participate in a Breast Cancer Awareness event led by youth.”- Jesse Duncan
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:
For more details on how you can participate in or support our Youth Development programs, call (773) 378-5034.