The Youth Culture and Climate course is the CTE concentrator for the Youth Leadership Pathway. This course was developed to heighten the self-esteem of the students, as well as strengthen the school community and socio-emotional well being of all students. Students are trained in interpersonal skills so that they can support their peers through counseling and education.
The course expands to prepare students to understand the basic functions and significance of interpersonal family, and peer relations; as well as personal development and effective coping skills.
This class will allow students to understand their personal impact on society and culture, as well as their own academic, personal growth, and development.
The Youth Culture and Climate course will address contemporary adolescent issues related to bullying, gender identity, tobacco/vaping, drug and alcohol abuse, teen dating violence, and school violence while also teaching students how they can be an ally for their peers. This course emphasizes teen relationships and transitions and their impact on society and culture of personal growth, 21st century communication skills, and critical thinking related to careers in education, family and human services.
Throughout the course of the year, students cover topics ranging from healthy relationships to bullying to suicide prevention. They are also responsible for the school’s involvement with Red Ribbon Week, blood drives, and anti-tobacco presentation. Students work with a variety of organization, including Interface, Friday Night Live, and StraightUP Ventura to expand both their knowledge and experience.
Youth Culture & Climate students are encouraged to become involved with the Leos, the FHS community service club, to further their outreach and experience. This allows the students to become more deeply involved with issues that are especially important to them.
In addition to class mini-lectures, guest speakers, and school wide projects, students are given the opportunity to learn via online lessons from EVERFI.