FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2006
The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation
Announces 2006 Young Worker Leadership Academy in Los Angeles
The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that a Young Worker Leadership Academy will be held in Los Angeles, February 16th to 18th, 2006, following a successful Young Worker Leadership Academy was held in Sacramento, January 19th to 21st. The Academy provide a leadership development opportunity for small teams of three or four high school students from different regions of the state to focus on young worker health and safety. The goals of the Academy are to:
- Teach youth about workplace health and safety.
- Help youth promote health and safety in the workplace and prevent workplace injuries.
- Provide participating youth an opportunity to develop specific action plans to promote young worker health and safety in their own communities, as well as to participate as alumni in future Academies and in developing a statewide network of young health and safety promoters.
- Afford participating youth the opportunity to learn about the perspectives, experiences and cultures of other youth, as well as health and safety challenges faced by working teens in other regions.
The Young Worker Leadership Academy has been jointly developed by the University at 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, CHSWC and the State Compensation Insurance Fund. The Academy is also funded in part by the California Endowment and a grant from the California Wellness Foundation.
The Young Worker Leadership Academy program is part of the Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) developed by CHSWC in partnership with LOHP and LOSH. The goal of WOSHTEP is to raise awareness and promote injury and illness prevention through training and dissemination of materials by a statewide network of providers.
Information about the Young Worker Leadership Academies is available on the web at http://www.youngworkers.org. For more information about the Young Worker Leadership Academies, please contact Diane Bush at LOHP at (510) 643-2424 or Carol Frischman at LOSH at (310) 794-5972.
CHSWC is charged with overseeing the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. The Commission 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 CHSWC is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc, by writing to Christine Baker, CHSWC Executive Officer, 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, California 94612, or by calling (510) 622-3959.