The Youth Steering Committee (YSC) is based on a positive youth development approach, emphasizing the strengths and assets of young women. The YSC is designed to be a safe and open place where young women can come together to share their thoughts and ideas, develop self-confidence, and build leadership skills by working as a team to develop a variety of projects for their peers, including the Young Women's Health & Leadership Summit. The role of the Youth Steering Committee member is to provide expert advice and insight in the area of young women’s health to the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. This also includes the development of a Young Women’s Health & Leadership Summit. The YSC are treated as consultants and paid for their participation.
2013-14 Youth Steering Committee
The secret of the Young Women’s Health & Leadership Summit is the involvement of young women in planning the important details of each summit. The summit is unique in that it is designed by and for young women.
Over several months the YSC meets to participate in a curriculum focused on health promotion and leadership including topics such as environmental health, dating violence, reproductive health and access to health care services, depression and mental health, skill building for youth leaders and career development information.
The YSC decides the theme, nominates keynote speakers, recommends local organizations to present at the summit, and identifies the most important issues to be addressed during the workshop sessions.
Historically, the themes of the summits express the YSC goals for their peers for whom they are planning the summit and have included 1) "Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lives, Young Women on the Rise’, 2) "Rejoice, Unite, Nurture, Fight", 3) "Be Strong, Be Heard, Be You,", 4) "We inspire, We act, We're Young Women - Step Back!”, 5) "A Day to Inspire A Lifetime: Strong, Proud, United" , and 6) “Beyond Looks, Beyond Words: Stand Up, Speak Out” . 7) The 2009 Young Women's Health & Leadership Summit’s theme was: "Struggle, Strive, Succeed: Bring Out the Somethin’ in You!" 8) The 2010 Young Women's Health & Leadership Summit's theme was: "Unleashing Our Potential: Reaching for the Stars!" 9) The 2011 Young Women's Health & Leadership Summit's theme was "Women in the Mirror: Kindle Your Fire: Dream & Inspire!" 10) The 2012 Young Women's Health & Leadership Summit's theme was "Be the U in Beautiful. Unique & United, We Create Real Beauty." 11) The 2013 Young Women's Health & Leadership Summit's theme was "We're Girls! We're Proud! We Live Out Loud!."
12) The 2014 Young Women's Health & Leadership Summit's theme was "We Rise! We Stand! Step Up & Take Command: Your Story Begins & Ends with You!"
Young women are paid $12.25/hour for their participation in this program.
The Youth Steering Committee meets weekly (for two hours after school) and also meets once a month on Saturday (for three hours), over the course of eight months.
Download the application above, and send completed application by e-mail to Anna Christie at Anna.Christie@ucsf.edu by 5PM on Monday, April 27, 2015
Students must be enrolled in a San Francisco Unified high school (public or charter) for the 2015–2016 school year in order to be eligible to participate. All youth are required to have a work permit and a social security number to work.
Applications are screened by a committee. Some applications will be advanced for interviews.
For more information on the Youth Steering Committee, contact Anna Christie at Anna.Christie@ucsf.edu at the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.