Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Young Worker Health and Safety - Training and Service Opportunity

Check out these great leadership opportunities for California youth. Our colleagues at the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety are calling for youth applicants to participate in an all-expense-paid, youth leadership academy focused on young worker health and safety. They are also running their annual poster and PSA contest with cash awards to winners.


Please see announcements below, and contact Diane Bush at (510) 643-2424 or for more information or go to their website at  If you are outside of California, contact Diane to find out how you can help get something like this going in your state!



The University of California at Los Angeles and Berkeley, along with the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers Compensation, are once again sponsoring two 3-day all-expense-paid Young Worker Leadership Academies: January 28-30, 2010 (Berkeley) and February 25-27,  2010 (Los Angeles).  These Academies offer a unique opportunity for young adults to become leaders and advocates for teen labor rights and health and safety.

Each Academy will bring together six or seven teams of high school-aged youth (4 youth per team, plus an adult sponsor) from diverse communities in California. Participants will learn about how and why youth are injured at work, their rights on the job, and how youth can have an impact on public policy, at both the local and state level. As a first step, each team will plan a local action to promote teen worker safety during May 2010, Safe Jobs for Youth Month.

The organizers write, "Please encourage students you want to support for the Academy to form a team, and then complete and send in the application to our office by November 12, 2009. Each team must also have an adult sponsor who will attend the Academy and provide support to the team in planning and conducting their local activity. The application must also include the Adult Recommendation and Commitment form."

The registration packet is available online. For information, visit or contact Diane Bush at (510) 643-2424 or .


The California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety has announced its annual Safe Jobs for Youth Month poster and PSA contests, open to all California youth between the ages of 14 and 18. Poster submissions are due by November 2, 2010, and PSA submissions are due by January 11, 2010. Please go to for more information and to download the application materials.


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