CYNTHIA KENNEDY: Young Women of Color Advocating for a Healthy South Sacramento

sac-button-Cynthia-FriOPINION – According to the California Department of Public Health, California continues to see increasing levels of inequity in the health status and mortality of communities with less material resources, in particular within minority communities. Center for Community Health & Well-Being, Inc. believes that one critical component to improving health within our communities begins with listening to the voices of our youth and involving them in creating long-term solutions.

With funding from The California Endowment, local non-profit organization, Center for Community Health & Well-Being, Inc. has launched, Girls on the Rise, a program centered on health advocacy in South Sacramento. Girls on the Rise, recognizes the importance of nurturing Sacramento’s young female leaders as they begin to understand their own power creating positive change through community engagement and advocacy.

Girls on the Rise offers high school-aged young women of color from the South Sacramento region the opportunity to become advocates for change. The youth-driven program will select priority issues based on their own community assessments and through leadership, critical-thinking, and strategizing engage their youth peers of South Sacramento to influence political, social, and environmental change.

“We are invested in uplifting these young ladies. The first step is getting them to envision a better life for themselves and the communities in which they live. Next is helping them to create a path for achieving their goals. Finally, we arm them with the knowledge and tools to make achieving their dream for a healthy community a reality.

This is our focus. This is our obligation” says executive director Wendy J. Petko.
This year Girls on the Rise will be accepting 25 girls entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade this fall, as well as five mentors aged 18-25.

Center for Community Health & Well-Being, Inc. founded 1991, provides comprehensive women’s health care services, community education and outreach, and leadership and empowerment programs for young women.

Applications for Girls on the Rise are available at The Center located at 1900 T Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 or on their website:
For More Information You May Also Contact:

Shannon Read
1900 T Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 558-4812 ext. 227

By Cynthia Kennedy


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