Healthy Youth Development

The Women’s Policy Institute’s (WPI) Healthy Youth Development teams are sponsored by Building Healthy Communities, a 10-year, $1 billion program of The California Endowment. Fourteen communities across the state are taking action to create places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. The WPI Healthy Youth Development teams will advocate for violence prevention, school push-out policies, school based health/mental health and trauma informed services.


Team #1

Carmen Burgos, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. Kern County

Amber Talburt, Wild Rivers Community Foundation, Del Norte County

Jocelyn Vargas, Raices Cultura, Riverside County

Cheryl Whittle, Department of Social Work Education- CSU Fresno, Fresno County

Debbie Wood, Bakersfield City School District, Kern County


Team #2

Coreen Aguilar, Resources for Independence, Central Valley, Fresno County

Laura Kanter, Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County, Orange County

Kaile Shilling, Violence Prevention Coalition, Los Angeles County

Alice Yang, Stone Soup Fresno, Fresno County