Young & Healthy’s mission: Through prevention, education, family support, and access to healthcare services, Young & Healthy protects and improves the physical and mental health of uninsured and underinsured children and their families in the greater Pasadena area.
· We believe it is the right of every child to have access to quality healthcare.
· We believe in the connection between mental health and physical health.
· We believe that by investing in the health of underserved youth, we can create a more equitable society.
· We believe community needs change over time and that we are in a position to respond.
We believe in collaboration, working together with other community institutions and volunteers to make a difference in children's lives.
We believe in treating everyone with respect and serving with integrity.
Our History & Our Purpose
Young & Healthy, a Pasadena-based 501 (c)(3), is an organization whose foundation was built upon the dedication and commitment of its volunteers.
Young & Healthy began in 1990 as a small group of 19 physicians who agreed to donate their time and services to Pasadena-area children who lacked access to medical and dental care. Today, the organization is now sustained by the generosity of a volunteer workforce of healthcare professionals that is 350 strong.
Young & Healthy is based on the two-fold conviction that every child should have access to quality healthcare regardless of their family’s income, and that giving a child early and consistent medical attention is an investment in the future of the community. Young & Healthy’s program arranges free medical, dental, and psychological services for low-income, uninsured children in Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre. Generous volunteer physicians, dentists, therapists, optometrists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals treat the children Young & Healthy refers to them free of charge in their own offices. They have proven that if enough people volunteer their services, a community can make a substantial difference in the lives of its children.