Algoma Public Health
Youth Led Health Promotion Committees
The Algoma Youth Action Alliance (AYAA) is a health promotion coalition of youth aged 12 - 24 and adult supports. There is a committee in Wawa, Sault Ste Marie, Elliot Lake and Blind River.
The purpose is to:
- Empower youth against harmful tobacco industry tactics and target youth
- Create fun and meaningful ways for youth to take action on health issues that are important to them
At the start of each school year, youth identify health priorities focused on tobacco prevention that are important to them and then develop campaigns to create change in our community.
Meetings are once a month after school. Snacks and refreshments are provided.
Benefits for Young People
- Earn meaningful volunteer hours
- Meet interesting people and make new friends
- Receive free training in a variety of skills and topic areas
- Gain experience, skills, and references for resume and school applications
- Go on awesome trips and take part in special events
- Get recognized through honorariums, awards, and volunteer appreciation events
- Make a difference in your community
Examples of roles for youth member:
- Chair meetings
- Take notes
- Brainstorm ideas with the group
- Plan, implement and evaluate activities
- Work with the media including developing press releases, radio ads, doing interviews
- Be the contact person to answer any questions about the activities
- Attend regional, provincial and sometimes national youth conferences as a coalition representative
- Work on sub-committees with students from other coalitions
- Facilitate presentation at youth conferences or community events
For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Algoma Youth Action Alliance, contact us at 705-942-4646 ext. 3043.
Date of Creation: June 1, 2015
Last Modified: June 1, 2015