Rancho Cucamonga won the 2014 Ruth Vreeland Award for Engaging Youth in City Government, which is a Helen Putnam Award for Excellence, for its Healthy RC Youth Leaders program.
Healthy RC is a partnership between a host of community organizations and local government, with an intentional focus on including youth in the policy-making and implementation processes:
The Healthy RC Youth Leaders program provides leadership training and empowerment to promote health policies. It targets young people of middle-school and high-school age. Healthy RC Youth Leaders work in partnership with local government leaders and officials, community partners and resident groups to voice health concerns and issues and identify and implement long-term, policy-driven solutions. Students meet twice a month and participate in workshops and training to enhance leadership and communication skills, deepen their understanding of public policy and local governmental processes and build their capacity to improve the health and wellness of Rancho Cucamonga residents.
…The program demonstrates how local youth and city government can work together to improve health and wellness. More importantly, it provides youth with an opportunity to work collaboratively with their city, address community-specific concerns and increase civic engagement.
Read more about this program at Western City magazine here.
Contributor: Ben Peterson, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’16