Social Justice and Civic Engagement through Participation in a Youth Health Leadership Program

Marie J. Bryant, Corliss Outley, Michael B. Edwards


This program brief examines the impact of a community-based health leadership program on youth participants’ perceptions of citizenship in the context of social justice for community-level policy changes to promote physical activity. Youth participants completed journal entries and interviews. Results suggest citizenship developed as participants considered issues of social justice through exposure to new environments and experiences. However, youth struggled with issues of adultism and relating social injustices to their role as citizens.

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