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Tallahassee COPE Youth Health Leadership

The Inaugural Class of the Youth Health Leadership Council, featured with the Honorable Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Former Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Larry Robinson, Interim President of Florida A&M University, YHL’s parents, COPE Leadership Team, and Community Rotation Partners.

Appreciation is expressed to Florida Blue Foundation for funding the

Tallahassee Childhood Obesity Prevention Education Project and the Youth Health Leadership Program.

Youth Health Leadership Pledge


As a member of the Youth Health Leadership Council, I will do my best to live a healthy life and to help others to be healthy, and this I promise.

Youth Health Leadership (YHL) is a signature project of the Tallahassee Coalition for Childhood Obesity Prevention Education (COPE), funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Foundation.


The purpose of YHL is to engage youth ages 11-18 in promoting and improving health and wellness through education and action in Tallahassee/Leon County. As a part of YHL, the YHL Council is being formed to provide youth the opportunity to participate in interactive educational sessions about improving health for themselves and others. Upon completion, YHL Council members selected 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. YHL was inspired by a partnership from 2006-12 between the Tallahassee Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the Millicent Holyfield Health Science Academy at James S. Rickards High School to increase students’ awareness of health professions, improve health behaviors and develop youth health leadership.

YHL Cohort II from James A. Rickards High School's Millicent Holifield Academy… Tiarrah King, Alexandria Davis-Jenkins, Dr. Liz Holifield, Dr. Edward Holifield, Kechele Ross & Christora Williams.

Tallahassee COPE Youth Health Leadership Cohort II with their parents. Cohort II: Dawn J. Stinson, Anyah Poole Dexter Melton, Jameshia Henley,Benjamin Horne, chloe Harden, Alexandria Davis-Jenkins, Tiarrah King, Kechele Ross, Christora Williams, Ayanna Harrison and Adrianna Williams.

YHL Cohort II and COPE Leadership team and staff (Gativitis Price, Miaisha Mitchell, Dr. Penny Ralston, Dr. Cynthia Harris,Sokoya Finch and Iris Young-Clark).

YHL Cohort II and a few of the sponsoring organizations Chef Shac - (North Florida Culinary Incubator), Rev. Sims - (St. John Missionary Baptist Church), Miaisha Mitchell, (Greater Frenchtown revitalization Council), Sundiata Ameh-El(E.D.I.F.Y. Sustainability Group), Nathan Ballentine, (Tallahassee Food Network), Dr. Edward Holifield & Dr. Liz Holifield, (Founders: The Millicent Hoifield Academy of Health Sciences at James S. Rickards High School), and Dr. Michael J. Smith (Coordinator of Academic and Medical Scholars program at Florida A&M University).

411 Teen: Youth Health Leadership

By WFSUNEWS • August 1, 2016

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The youth recognized are (seated, left to right) Dexter Melton, Adrianna Williams, Jameshia Henley, Dawn Stinson, Christora Williams, Chloe Harden, Ayanna Harrison, Tiarrah King, Kechelle Ross, Alexandria Davis-Jenkins, and Benjamin Horne.  Not pictured is Anyah Poole who was recognized in absentia. Family members, mentors, organizational advisors, and members of COPE are also pictured. 


Sponsoring Organizations


The Tallahassee Childhood Obesity Prevention and Education Coalition identified the following organizations, which serve as sponsors for Youth Health Leadership:


  • Dare to Dream Young Girls

  • Distinguished Young Gentlemen

  • DIVAS Girls Mentoring

  • Foundation for Leon County Schools

  • FSU College of Medicine SSTRIDE Program

  • Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council/Yelda

  • iGrow

  • Leon County Cooperative Extension Service/4-H Program

  • Palmer Munroe Teen Center

  • Project Food/Tallahassee Youth for Change

  • Rickard's High School-Millicent Holifield Academy

  • St. John Missionary Baptist Church

  • Success Athletic Training

  • Tallahassee Food Network

  • Tallahassee Housing Authority

  • Tallahassee Sustainability Group

  • The E.D.I.F.Y. Group

  • The Links, Incorporated

  • Youth Empowerment Leadership Development Academy (YELDA)

  • 21st Century After School Programs

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