Youth Outreach Workers
The Youth Outreach Worker Internship is a site based program for students to work in collaboration with their Wellness Center. Work includes health & wellness outreach and promotion, youth advocacy and ambassadorship, and peer support activities.
Who are the YOWs?
Youth Outreach Workers (YOWs) are high school interns that are members of their site Wellness teams. There are over 100 high school YOWs in SFUSD. YOWs work with an adult youth outreach coordinator to develop their own program which could include working on site teams (such as the Wellness Team, Coordinate Care Team, School Site Council, Parent Teacher Student Association, affinity clubs), health & wellness promotion and intervention projects, and peer support.
Adolescents are known to be more sensitive to peer influence than at any other age. The YOWs play a vital role in empowering and educating their peers to make healthy choices, reaching thousands of students annually. YOWs are ambassadors for health and wellness.
Youth Outreach Worker Voices
Over the past ten years thanks to the education by the YOWs, smoking among SFUSD students has decreased from to 36.5% in 2007 to 16.7% in 2017. More Data.