Youth Health and Environment, Awareness and Leadership Science Initiative (Youth HEALS)

Dates: 1999-2008

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): Massachusetts Cultural Council

Service: Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Environmental Health


Youth HEALS was an innovative science collaboration with youth and adults in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The program's goal was to foster youth leadership by applying math and science to address the priority environmental health needs of this highly at-risk community. Youth HEALS includesd a pilot after-school program to train youth peer leaders in environmental health science. JSI created environmental health curricula for the initiative to teach youth participants and their supervisors how to apply math, science, and civic skills to address the environmental health needs of this community representing some of the highest asthma hospitalization rates in the state.