To be truly successful in our work, we believe we need to do more than just serve youth. We need to be partners with youth.
Since 2008, our Teen Health Now youth leadership council has drawn young people from across the state to work as true partners in adolescent health. These remarkable young people meet with policy makers, plan awareness events, inform their peers, and help us understand the current needs of North Carolina youth.
Teen Health Now has had a tremendous impact on North Carolina. Their advocacy work led to the 2009 passage of the state’s Healthy Youth Act. Because of them, now all North Carolina students will get the information they need to be safe, healthy, and responsible.
Teen Health Now Advisory Council
The Teen Health Now Advisory Council works to encourage other youth to get involved in adolescent health issues. Made up of young people in college and high school, Advisory Council members:
- Coordinate statewide events, including advocacy days and awareness events
- Write, blog, and tweet about adolescent health
- Train other youth as speakers, advocates, and peer leaders
Local Teen Health Now Councils
In 2012, Teen Health Now expanded to include ten local chapters. Through the Local Councils, young people will work to raise awareness about adolescent health needs in their own communities.
2012-13 Local Teen Health Now Councils
Cabarrus Health Alliance
Cumberland County Health Department
Excel Outreach and Community Support, Harnett County
Robeson County Health Department
Gems Leadership, Guilford and Forsyth Counties
Guilford Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
Rockingham County Health Department
Smart Girls Leadership Academy, Guilford County
Teen Initiative Project, Forsyth County
Thomasville City Schools
Wayne Action Teams for Community Health (WATCH)
If you are a teen looking for information on sexual health and your rights, visit our Resource page For Young People.