Youth Health Action Team (YHAT)

What is it:  A Youth-led volunteer team for people 14 to 24, with as diverse a community represented as possible, focused on mental and behavioral health for themselves and their peers in Pima County

Who supports it:  The YHAT is supported and hosted by the Pima County Public Library (PCPL) and the Pima Behavioral Health Coalition (PBHC)

What is the goal:  The YHAT will spread awareness of the importance of youth health and of the ongoing crisis in youth mental health

What does it do:  The 2024 YHAT has focused on addressing teen suicide and has developed various petitions, tool kits, and media specifically targeting schools.

2024 Projects

2024 Team

Accredited Members of the Youth Health Action Team of 2024.
Maritza Yamile Roberts
  • Position: President
  • Current Grade (23-24): 12th
  • School: BASIS Tucson North
  • Subgroup: Research
  • Why did you join YHAT?: The Youth Health Action Team was an
    opportunity I joined to bridge science, public health, and student activism, to improve the life of my peers and highlight to critical community leaders what spaces need more attention to truly support our physical and mental wellbeing. After serving my presidency term, I feel prepared to continue advising city boards, community leaders, and students on how to combine creativity, research, and teamwork, to improve our daily lives.
  • Outside of the Youth Health Action Team: I work at the intersection of diversity, science communication, and environmentalism. I developed bilingual English-Spanish environmental lesson plans at the University of Arizona Women in Science and Engineering Project, studied plant species to effectively clean mine-pollution, authored my book "Soy Un Científico," and spoke to 2,000+ BIPOC youth K-8 across Southern Arizona on how to create science fair projects.
Hannah Levin
Keertana Konkimalla
Annabella Mae
Aishwarya Eksambe
Delainey Rath
Yana Hejazi
Mallory O’Brien
Nagasriya Ramisetty
Samira Shefa
Joscelin Morales
Alex Bjorke
Taylor Raney
Sophie Hannley
Sanjida Saba
Ian Lochridge
Ashley Jo

Recent Posts

"Intriguing every step of the way"

This book review of We Are All So Good at Smiling by Amber McBride is brought to you by Sanjida Saba, member of the Youth Health Action Team

Beyond the Darkness - YA Mental Health Victories

In this curated collection of books, teens navigate the complex landscape of mental illness with resilience and bravery.

Partners & Community Supporters

Suicide Survivor Stories

YHAT 2023

Past YHAT Work

View past YHAT teams' work including bookmarks and blogs.

Get Involved!

Apply for the Executive Board: Youth Health Action Team

If you are SUPER passionate about youth mental health and can commit more of your time and energy, we also have an exciting opportunity for youth in Pima County to apply to serve on the Youth Health Action Team Executive Board.

How do I find out more about the Executive Board?

PBHC is seeking three young people between the ages of 14-24, who currently live in Pima County, to become members of our Youth Executive Board for a 3.5 month term, February 19, 2024-May 31, 2024. Youth Executive Board Members will play a critical role in informing the work of the coalition by providing their perspective on various mental health issues youth currently face in Pima County.

Applications and all the details are available here

With a deadline of February 14th, followed by the orientation on Monday, February 19th.

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.

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