Youth for Healthy Schools
Youth for Healthy Schools (Y4HS) is a collaborative organizing network of 15 youth and parent organizations of color in 10 states leading a movement for school and community wellness as part of the Healthy Communities II Initiative. Y4HS builds youth power in organizing for healthy and fresh school meals and snacks, safe places to play and exercise, strong school food standards and wellness policies and school wellness centers. The work of Y4HS sits at the intersection of racial and economic justice, educational justice and food justice. Critical to the collaboration is amplifying the voices of young people in school and community policy related to health and wellness – locally, regionally, and nationally. The individual and collective impact of the groups is critical to transforming community health and ensuring every child grows up at a healthy weight.
- A healthy student is a successful student. Health and wellness are educational justice issues.
- Youth must have a seat at the table where school food and wellness policy decisions are being made – at every level.
- We deserve culturally proficient, whole, fresh and local foods that are affordable and accessible.
- Healthy food is a right, not a privilege.
- Personal choices alone are not enough to ensure that communities of color and low-income communities are healthy and well. We need strong policy as well.