Youth Health Leadership Unites for Earth Day Festival

Penny A. Ralston and Camille Lewis

The 2022 Youth Health Leadership (YHL) cohort recently teamed up with the Tallahassee Earth Day Festival to promote health and environmental sustainability.

Under the leadership of Camille Lewis, the goal of the Earth Day Festival was to bring the community together and provide them with hands-on and informative exhibitions, activities and workshops centered around sustainability. In total, over 500 people participated in the event held on April 23 in connection with the global celebration of Earth Day.

YHL members, who attended the Festival to fulfill their Collaborative Project for the program, served as vendors and provided an interactive exhibit on “People for the Planet” to demonstrate the reciprocal relationship between the natural environment and human health.

The exhibit was in two parts: A children’s table that included a hands-on activity to build an urban garden and Earth Day materials and how to prepare flavored water using fruits and herbs. The adult panel provided a discussion on basic facts on Earth Day, current environmental and sustainability issues, and actionable ideas to create change in the community.

Youth Health Leadership members discuss basic Earth Day facts, environmental and sustainability issues, and ideas for creating community change at the adult table.

Commenting on the project and the partnership with YHL, Lewis stated, “We are so grateful that YHL came out to celebrate Earth Day. Seeing these young leaders in action was confirmation that the future of our planet is in good hands.” The goal of Youth Health Leadership, now in its 10th year, is to engage youth ages 14-18 in promoting and improving health and wellness through education and action in Tallahassee/Leon County.

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