Youth leaders from Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands (GHGH) call on Board of Education to prioritize social and emotional health
Youth leaders from the Girls Leadership Network (GLN) want County education leaders to prioritize social and emotional health for youth throughout the County. GHGH leaders will make a presentation to the Monterey County Board of Education at 901 Blanco Circle, in Salinas at 4:30 PM on September 16, 2015.
MCOE will consider adopting this resolution to support the work of GHGH and to prioritize these important health issues. Girl leaders will also present a petition of over 550 signatures from 16 schools and a hand stamped banner to illustrate the broad backing from youth educators throughout the County. Community members, parents and organizations interested in making social and emotional health a countywide priority for youth are encouraged to attend. This is the first youth-led resolution to be adopted by MCOE.
At the GHGH health summit in November 2014, girl leaders from GHGH surveyed participants about the most important health topic to them. They found that 43% stated that they wanted more services, resources and support for self-esteem and coping skills related to social and emotional health.
The links between social and emotional health and academic success, teen pregnancy, suicide and depression are widely known. The local suicide rate for women has more than doubled from 2001 to 2010* and the rate of teen pregnancy for teens ages 15 to 19 is 25% higher than the national average.** GHGH leaders contend that social and emotional health is a closely related and urgent issue.
In March 2015, girl leaders circulated a petition at 16 schools throughout the County to gain wider support for their cause. Students, educators and teachers of high schools and middle schools who sign the petition added a hand stamp to a banner to represent their support. Youth and programs of the GHGH collaborative took part in the petition which collected over 550 signatures countywide and was signed by Assembly Member Luis Alejo in Sacramento.the girls resolution to prioritize social emotional health was unanimously adopted by the Board of Supervisors in March 2015. This was the 1st youth drafted resolution to be passed by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.
Come join us and see how youth make history!
*(Monterey County Health Department Assessment 2013, pgs. 122-124)
**(Office of Adolescent Health, California Department of Public Health Report 2013)