Editorial: Young Health Program “steeped in science”

The News Journal calls the Young Health Program "a model for young people to grow with."

This morning, our hometown newspaper lays out the challenges that are at the very heart of a new initiative – the Young Health Program: IM40 – we launched last week with the United Way of Delaware.

From an editorial in the News Journal:

As difficult as it is to admit, many who truly care about the welfare of teenagers — especially those “at-risk” for perilous futures — don’t have a clue about what to do.

What they lack in knowledge and skills can’t be compensated for with just good intentions or will.

That becomes more troublesome when they are positioned either as youth program directors or mentors, able to wield life-changing influence on developing minds.

However, a global initiative steeped in the science of healthy adolescent development has arrived in Delaware with the necessary rubrics for ensuring that those who mean to do right by young people have the tools to realize their intentions.

Last week, AstraZeneca and United Way of Delaware kicked off a five-year initiative to help youth ages 12-15 build up the inventory of personal and community assets they need to be healthier and more successful in school.

This is part of AstraZeneca’s global commitment to helping young people in need around the world improve their health. We join AstraZeneca young health initiatives in Korea, Zambia, Canada, India and other countries in working with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health to track and measure the outcomes of our strategies to make a meaningful difference in youth health.