Health Action Team
Woods Memorial Library hosted 15 interns in the 2022-2023 school year’s youth-led Health Action Team. They used art, writing, and the media arts to change the conversation in Pima County about youth mental and physical health. The projects they created helped the library in its mission and made a positive impact on the interns and their community. The projects they worked on include:
- photo and video journalism
- podcasting and conversations
- book trailers and short films
- social media advocacy
- creative non-fiction
- zine making and low-tech media
- poetry and writing
- art and photography
- 2D and 3D design
The Health Action Team is committed to spreading awareness of the importance of youth health and takes seriously the crisis of youth mental health outlined in the U.S. Surgeon General’s late 2021 advisory on youth mental health, opens a new window. If you are in a crisis or need to talk, call the Teen Lifeline at 1-800-248-8336 or text ‘Home’ to 741741.
Scroll down to see some of the projects the interns have worked on.
We are no longer taking applications for the Health Action Team this year.
Teen Mental Health Collections
Partners & Community Supporters
Health Action Team Projects
Health Action Team Interns
The Health Action Team empowers youth to share, create community connections, and produce art as a way to process their experience and address topics of youth health in the community. Part of addressing mental health is addressing the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. Stigma and self-stigma prevent real communication, understanding, and empathy with those involved. Health Action Team youth are frank about the issues that they face. Frank talk combats stigma by putting issues out in the open, so that any reader faced with similar challenges knows they are not alone.
I’m Aleena with the Health Action Team, and I joined to be an advocate for other teens. My relationship with youth health is rocky. Unfortunately, my best friend committed suicide about two years ago. It really influenced me to join the program because I wanted to help prevent it for others. As a teen, I know it can be hard to reach out for help, especially since I always want to be independent and self-reliant. Hopefully, I can connect with teens similar to me and help them open up and get the help they need.
I am in 11th grade. When I graduate, I would like to go to college and earn a major in either Biotechnology or Marine Biology. After earning a degree, I want to commission into the Air Force. I hope to have tons of pets when I get a house of my own.
Outside of school, I do the Navy JROTC program and have a staff position as Bravo Company Senior Enlisted. I am the connection between enlisted personnel and higher-ranking officers. I am also the Biotechnology CTSO club president. The club helps teach the community about different scientific things and research recent scientific discoveries.
This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.