The Public Health and Civic Literacy Academy is a pilot after school initiative for high school youth through the Multnomah County Health Department's REACH Program, Oregon Health Authority, Portland State University, University of Cincinnati, and Building Blocks 2 Success.
The Academy helps underrepresented high school youth to be public health investigators and civic leaders within their respective communities through real world learning and leadership opportunities. The program instructs participants in civic engagement and consists of in-person, group-based learning sessions and field exercises. Students learn research skills and work together to address community concerns. The program will also demonstrate how that research can shape local policymaking.
The Academy is based in youth participatory action research (Y-PAR) principles which center the leadership abilities, innovative thinking, and social justice interests of youth. The first cohort is now in session.