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Youth Health Leadership Application

Youth Health Leadership (YHL) is a signature program of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Education (COPE) Project, funded by the Florida Blue Foundation. The purpose of YHL is to engage youth in promoting and improving health and wellness through education and action in Tallahassee/Leon County. Those selected for YHL will participate in interactive educational sessions about improving health for themselves and others. Upon completion, YHL members become the youth arm of COPE, and will use the knowledge and skills learned to help improve health of their peers, families and the broader community. YHL is a unique opportunity for youth to increase knowledge about health and wellness, develop public speaking skills, and enhance leadership abilities while helping to improve the health of Tallahassee/Leon County.


We now have successfully completed three cohorts of YHL. In our inaugural cohort in 2013, eight youth completed all requirements, including establishing the YHL Facebook Page and developing a partnership with CHAMPIONS which provides fitness activities for elementary and middle school students. In 2014, twelve youth completed all requirements for YHL, developed a unique flyer with health messages to promote physical activity, partnered again with CHAMPIONS, and identified mental health as a key issue for COPE to explore. And in 2015, 11 youth completed all requirements, and developed and successfully implemented a community-based health campaign to build awareness about universal health including eating healthy, physical activity and stress management.


We are now recruiting YHL Cohort IV members who, once selected, will have the opportunity to complete requirements in 2016. A total of 15 new recruits will be selected through a competitive process. To be considered for YHL, the enclosed application should be completed and returned via email or fax to Gatavius Price no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, January 22, 2016. A review committee comprised of YHL alumni, parents, and advisors will interview qualified candidates and make selections. Criteria for selection for YHL include:

* Be high school age (generally between the ages of 14 and 18)

* Be an active member of a community organization (e.g. school, civic, fraternal, voluntary, faith-based)

* Have an interest in health

* Have an interest in being a youth health leader

* Commitment to attend YHL events in spring 2016


As a part of the process, youth being considered for YHL will be asked to participate in interviews during the week of February 1–4, 2016. A parent/guardian will be asked to attend the interviews as well. Selected youth and their parents will be notified in writing by the week of February 9, 2016. The YHL Induction Ceremony will then be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016. More details about the time and location of the event will be provided once youth are selected. The proposed YHL Cohort 2016 Calendar of activities is listed on the next page.


For more information about Tallahassee COPE, please go to For more information about the YHL application process, please contact the following individuals at the FSU Center on Better Health and Life for Underserved Populations:

Penny Ralston, Ph.D., Professor, Dean Emeritus & Director (

Iris Young-Clark, Ph.D., Associate Director (

Gatatvius Price, M.P.H., Assistant Project Coordinator ( 645-8110 (Phone), (850) 645-8109 (Fax).

YHL Cohort IV 2016 Calendar

Recruitment Period  

Application Rollout

(Emails out, Live on Website)         


Application Acceptance Period        


Review of Applications Week of     




Notification for Selections             


Induction Ceremony                     


Parent/Youth Orientation              


Phase I: Sessions                          


Phase II: Application Rotation         

Phase III: Health Campaign


Phase III: Implement Health
Campaign Week of 


Recognition Ceremony                    


Focus Groups                                 

November 2015



December 9, 2015


January 11-22


January 25-29


February 1-4


February 9


February 18


February 23


February 25, March 1, March 3


March 7-18

March 22, March 24, March 29


March 31 - April 8 (possible
sessions on March 31, April 5, and 7)


April 12, 2016


June 7, 2016

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