At PATCH, we believe that health care practices, programs, and policies should be developed with young people rather than just for them. For this reason, PATCH hires youth ages 12-21 to create positive change by making their voices heard.
These young people gain life-changing information and develop necessary skills through a rigorous training process. They use this knowledge to deliver peer education workshops and professional development for health care professionals, engage in community and state-wide initiatives, and advocate for better adolescent policies in schools, communities, and health systems.
“PATCH has given me SO much confidence in public speaking and self advocacy, a new and unique community of peers, opportunities in public health, insight, knowledge, compassion, and so many other things I’ll never be able to put into words.” - Lily (Teen Educator, 17)
PATCH is Currently HIring Youth for both positions!
PATCH Youth Advocacy Fellows
Youth Advocacy Fellows are a statewide group of adolescents, ages 12-21. They work to ensure youth voices are integrated into all adolescent health conversations at community and state levels. The Fellowship aims to provide young people with the knowledge, skills, and overall support to be drivers of change in their community.
Click here to learn more about the Youth Advocacy Fellowship and meet our current team.
PATCH Teen Educators
Teen Educators are a group of high school students trained to deliver two different workshops within their communities (PATCH for Providers and PATCH for Teens: Peer-to-Peer). These workshops are designed to improve the relationship between health care professionals so that adolescents are able to get the care the need and deserve. Teen Educators use personal stories, and share practical tips and tricks to help empower participants to make positive changes.
Click here to learn more about the role of PATCH Teen Educators and meet our current team!