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teen working outsideThe Boston Public Health Commission works closely with the youth of Boston, providing both educational and health related opportunities for personal, career, and community advancement. Learn m​ore about our offerings below. 

The Boston Area Health Education Center (BAHEC)​ is a program that aims to diversify the pool of health professionals in Boston by encouraging youth to pursue careers in health and public health. BAHEC develops, implements, and evaluates in-school and after-school enrichment programs and events for middle and high school aged youth from Boston. Through its programming BAHEC works to fulfill the Commission’s mission to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

The Peer Leadership Institute (PLI) trains and supports high school students to become role models and leaders who promote positive behavior change in their schools and communities. Grounded in youth development principles, the program prepares young people to be peer leaders in health promotion and public health practice. The issues PLI focuses on include sexual health, substance abuse, and fitness and nutrition.

The Men’s HealthCREW​ is a 12-month training and internship program for men of color between the ages of 18 and 25. The mission of the Health Community Resources for Empowerment and Wellness (CREW) program is to address health disparities among African-American and Latino males, empowering them to take control of their health by engaging in preventative practices, accessing health care services, advocating for their own health needs, and providing health education to peers in their communities, all while pursuing their own health career goals. 

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships (Start Strong)​ is a program aimed at working with young people as the solution to ending teen dating violence. Start Strong is an innovative grass-roots effort focused on 11- to- 18-year-olds to prevent teen dating violence and abuse by actively promoting healthy relationships. 
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