Promoting Healthy Development

Building Capacity to Effect Change in Communities

Encouraging Volunteerism

Seven years ago, the Health Center at De Anza High School in Richmond started in a small room and offered limited services to students once a week. From there it expanded into three modular units and expanded services. 

Last year, De Anza High School's Health Center provided: 

  • individual counseling to 118 students;
  • medical services to 251 students;
  • youth leadership opportunities to students through its seven  peer-to-peer mentoring, youth development, and health education programs; 
  • and services to 613 individual students in one or more capacities averaging 13 visits per year.

A survey last year of De Anza students involved in the Health Center's Youth Development programs shows that:

  • 82% improved their grades; 
  • 78% improved their attendance;
  • 80% enjoyed coming to school more; and
  • 82% felt more connected to people at school. 

Read a student's perspective of the impact of the Health Center here.

The larger new facility that has just opened allows the Health Center to expand and improve these services and its impact!