FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2008

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


CHSWC Announces the 2008 Young Worker Leadership Academy in Northern California

OAKLAND – The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that a Northern California Young Worker Leadership Academy will be held in Berkeley, January 24, 25, and 26, 2008.  The Academy will provide a leadership development opportunity for small teams of three or four high school students from different communities in Northern California to focus on young worker health and safety.  The goals of the Academy are to:

The Young Worker Leadership Academy has been jointly developed by the University of California at Berkeley's Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and the University of California at Los Angeles' Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program, in consultation with the California Center for Civic Participation, a national leader in the area of youth development and youth governance.  Academy sponsors include the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety, a statewide task force made up of government agencies and other organizations that can play a role in protecting and educating California's young workers.  The Young Worker Leadership Academy is part of the statewide Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) administered by CHSWC.  The Academy receives additional funding from the California Wellness Foundation.

CHSWC is charged with examining the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation.  CHSWC was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about the Young Worker Leadership Academy is available by calling Diane Bush at LOHP at (510) 643-2424 or Nancy Morales at LOSH at (310) 794-5996.  Information about CHSWC is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc and by contacting CHSWC by writing to 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, 94612; by phone at (510) 622-3959: by fax at (510) 622-3265; or by email chswc@dir.ca.gov.  

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