The program is a partnership between the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and the Fresno County Department of Public Health. Students from both Orange Cove High School and Reedley High School are participating in the program. During the school year, students will attend four meetings at the UCSF Center for Medical Education and Research and conduct a project that will benefit the community.
According to RHS Health Youth Corps Advisor Michelle Jones, the students attended their first meeting on Monday, October 7. Mrs. Jones explained, "Students from all over Fresno County were asked to think about a variety of social determinants of health that affect their community and use this list to determine their area of focus for their projects. The goal is to choose an issue that the students would like to see a change that will benefit their community." The RHS Health Youth Corps students are planning to send out a survey to the student body to determine which health issues are most important. The results of the survey will give direction to their project.