Apply Now! Youth Advocates for Community Health

Program Description: The Youth Advocates for Community Health (YACH) program is an exciting paid opportunity for high school students to get hands-on experiences improving health at the local level. A small group  of youth will work as a team to identify strategies and develop plans to address local food accessibility issues. In Dane County, the 2018 program will be focused on the north side of Madison. Participating youth will have opportunities to network, collaborate, and learn from youth implementing these projects throughout the state.

The application deadline is June 8th, 2018

Position Title: Youth Advocate for Community Health Teen

Purpose: To create an environment that promotes healthy eating and active living on Madison’s north side

Time Commitment:

  • June – August 2018; 4-6 hrs/week in summer


  • Attend training and planning sessions
  • Complete independent work assignments
  • Be an engaged team member
  • Model and encourage healthy eating and increased levels of physical activity
  • Build relationships and collaborate with North Side businesses and organizations
  • Co-lead up to 5 sessions with adult or teen team member throughout the program


  • Teens between the ages of 14-19 and currently enrolled in high school
  • Reside on Madison’s North Side OR have transportation to meeting spaces such as Warner Park Community Center and Lakeview Public Library
  • An interest in learning and ability to communicate about healthy eating, community wellness, improved food access, and active lifestyles
  • Experience working as part of a team


  • $500 stipend
  • Enhanced leadership, communication, and public speaking skills
  • Receive training on action assessments, advocacy, community health systems, and other skills that are necessary to making a difference in the community
  • Opportunities to meet and share ideas with other teens and adult community leaders
  • Network with YACH teens from around the state
  • Opportunities to explore career options in the health field


  • Ongoing support from Dane County UW-Extension Staff