StarVista’s Youth Development Initiative (YDI) engages students in opportunities to develop leadership, development, and advocacy skills.
YDI consists of three different clubs that are offered through Sequoia High Schools Teen Resource Center. All three programs focus on empowering youth to take initiative in hearing and addressing community needs.
Youth Advisory Board (YAB): YAB serves as the student voice of the TRC. It is a leadership opportunity for students to learn about the top issues affecting their peers and advocate on their behalf for these issues and raise awareness. YAB created the Needs Assessment Survey (NAS) and continues to improve on it every year, using the data to support and guide their
Leadership and Resiliency Program (LRP): LRP engages youth in ongoing discussions, positive risk-taking and community engagement to help in increasing students’ positive connections to school community. Program has a focus on substance use prevention and education.
Wellness Peer Advocates (WPA): WAP engages youth in trainings/workshops pertaining to fostering and maintaining wellness. To support and promote wellness, WPA members educate their peers through activities and presentations.