Day One El Monte

Dedicated To Making Our Community Healthy


Youth are educated about community health issues - such as poor diet, alcohol/drug use, and sedentary lifestyles - and are informed how the built environment influences behavior.  Furthermore, we cover topics such as:

  • Rethink Your Drink

  • How to build a healthy plate

  • Planning healthy meals

  • What's on a nutrition label

  • Shopping on a budget

Our program also covers techniques to resist social pressures, support others in making healthy choices, and determine positive alternatives. 
The Youth Advocate program promotes healthy lifestyles, advances social justice, and facilitates youth voice in decision- making, thereby empowering them as catalysts of change in their communities. 

Complete Streets policies seek to ensure that transportation planners and engineers design and operate roadways with all road users in mind, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit users and vehicles.


Mountain View High School youth are currently working on Participatory Action Research (PAR) in El Monte to promote the adoption of a Complete Streets policy in order to improve the visibility of cross-walks, employing traffic calming measures, and developing networks of safe bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Activities include:

  • Research design

  • Data collection

  • Data analysis 

  • Report writing and presentations

  • Action through engaging in the civic process

PAR brings youth together to define for themselves what problems they face in their community, find solutions through talking with and gathering data from their peers, and then implementing those solutions through strategic and informed actions. It’s a model of community organizing that builds the capacity of people on the front-line of a problem to take leadership in creating the change they want.


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