Our Values

Our values inform our current work, partnerships, internal team functioning, and future directions:

Youth: Youth are valued partners in all our work, they hold meaningful decision-making roles in our programs and our teams. We reject adultism and the systemic stigmatization of adolescents.

Collaboration: We engage with people, organizations and movements as allies. We strategically lead, partner, or follow in our collaborative initiatives. We are students of collective impact.

Health: We ascribe to the WHO definition of health: Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Social Justice: We recognize that patterns of health and illness are shaped by social structures and systems; to improve and protect our health, youth health, and community health we must change systems.

Innovation: In order to make change, we need to change the way we do business. We use research methods to answer new questions and innovate new solutions. 

Equity Focused: With limited resources we strategically focus on identifying populations and communities with the greatest opportunity to add value.

Scrappiness: We believe in our work, are passionate about quality and outcomes, and are responsible stewards of resources that have been entrusted to us.

Humor: Humor is essential to wellness, communication, and team chemistry. 

Cultural Humility: We choose to be humble, curious, and always learning.