Youth Initiatives

Community Health Youth Initiatives (CHYI) offer life skills for healthy living and working. Programs also provide training and support for people working with youth.

CHYI works with partners to improve the health of the community. With a commitment to racial justice and health equity, programs focus on leadership development, social justice and civic engagement. 

Community Based Programs


Develop leadership and advocacy skills while learning about mental health and substance use prevention. Provide peer education and be a voice for teens in Everett. Join today!

Earn community service hours and connect with teens across the state on important issues around substance use, mental health and more. Founded in 2005 as Teens In Everett Against Substance Abuse, the group’s core values are: Youth, Community, Leadership and Advocacy.

Activities Include:

  • Educate and advocate for the health and wellbeing of youth at the local and state level, engage elected officials to strengthen policies to improve community health
  • Outreach campaigns to educate parents and other adults in the community about alcohol access and policies to reduce youth use
  • Participate in statewide coalitions like and Teens Leading the Way that address tobacco prevention, criminal justice reform, youth jobs, and more
  • Work across sectors and in partnership with city leadership, departments, community organizations and other youth groups to address health equity and racial justice
  • Volunteer at community events
  • 2020 recipient of The 84 Movement's Peer Outreach Award


With funding from the MA Department of Public Office of Problem Gambling Services starting in 2019, Cambridge Health Alliance continues to lead the Photovoice Project. We empower youth by providing problem gambling education and supporting them as they develop their own prevention message through photography. Recently, youth participants overcame many pandemic challenges to showcase their perspectives and passion for their community. Read the Zine which is a three-year compilation of programs -- Somerville Fall 2020, Everett Fall 2021 and Malden Spring 2022.

Read the Zine Here

In-School and Out-Of-School Programs

CHA’s Sexual and Reproductive Health program leads school-based programming in Everett and Somerville for both in-school and out-of-school time.

Training and Professional Development

Everett Youth Worker Network strives to build a collaborative community. The Network supports the healthy development and social and emotional wellbeing of youth while also building the professional development of caring supportive adults; including community and school-based personnel. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring adults how to help people with mental health or substance use problems or who are in crisis.

Paid Internships and Mentoring Support for Youth and Young Adults

  • Youth Mental Health and Wellness Summer Internship: learn about the field of health, connect with providers, community resources and receive education and training

  • Ask about more opportunities

Contact Us

Jaime Lederer, MSW, MPH, Director

Phone: 617-806-8776


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