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Our vision for youth engagement is to create equitable opportunities for our youth to become change agents for a healthier community.
Our mission is to create educational opportunities for youth to develop advocacy skills, build relationships with Children’s National and HSC faculty and staff members and obtain professional development with hands-on experience.
The Child Health Advocacy Institute's Youth Engagement team is committed to investing in the future of health care. Children’s National partners with several schools, universities and youth-serving organizations to provide training on health care careers, health sciences and health equity.
CHAI Youth Engagement Programs
DC-CTE is a locally funded program that promotes the District of Columbia's mission to strengthen the pathways to college and careers for high school students. The DC-CTE mission is to reshape Washington, D.C.'s workforce by effectively preparing high school students for college and careers through the use of the National Academy Foundation educational design.
This program allows students to take a one-day tour of the hospital and learn about careers throughout the hospital. DBU will start at the end of 2022.
Youth participate in an 8-week series of classes focused on health equity and social justice. A curriculum is developed to educate youth on topics such as social determinants of health, structural determinants of health and policy. Youth learn basic photography skills using a cell phone camera. Youth participants also use photovoice to explore assets and challenges that impact health in their communities. The framework for the program is based on empowerment education and the youth are able to prepare an exhibit of photos and narratives that displayed their perspectives on community challenges and resources from their viewpoint. During the final event, youth present their final projects and express their experience as a participant in the program.
2022 Youth Engagement Assessment Report
This is the first youth engagement assessment at Children’s National Hospital, and HSC Care System conducted by members of the Child Health Advocacy Institute’s (CHAI) Community Affairs department. The report provides a look at our 31 youth engagement programs, a definition of youth engagement work at Children’s National and HSC Health Care System, a review of other children’s hospital programs and recommendations for our institution to become leaders within this field to better serve youth. View the report.