covid chats


COVID Chats is a site supported by Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. 

Our hope is to inform young people, like ourselves, about COVID-19 and encourage them to take action towards making themselves and our communities healthier.

In partnership with the following organizations


Cianna Wiliams was a Youth Content Curator (YCC) in the REACH Youth COVID Communications team. She was part of the team that developed this website, which is an engaging COVID site geared toward young people to inspire and inform them of safety and healthy COVID-19 behaviors and protocols. Prior to being a YCC, Cianna worked as an intern at Youth Radio in downtown Oakland. In her role, she was involved in graphic design and working with kids. Cianna is highly motivated and always willing to lend a helping hand.

As a YCC, Cianna was responsible for website design and content development, which included creating and/or finding infographics, articles, and memes. She states she enjoyed working alongside her teammates Jacob, Tutu, and Trinity in an engaging space.

“Working as a YCC has greatly improved my skill in relating with people from different backgrounds and cultures, this is my most valuable experience in Alameda County’” she chimed. “YCC was an opportunity to meet new people and learn from one another.”

To Cianna, COVID Chat is a platform by and for youth to spread awareness on COVID-19 in her community. She believes that as a team, the myths and false stories that surround COVID-19 can be defeated. She wants to help youth, especially in Alameda County, to understand the benefits of the vaccine. By advocating for the vaccine and creating public awareness, COVID-19 can be minimized in our community. Due to the broad range of negative impacts of COVID-19 on minority and vulnerable groups, spreading accurate information about COVID is a major pursuit for Cianna.

Written by Iteoluwa “Tutu” Aladesanmi 

Photographed: Cianna Williams

Yeimy Torres Martinez was the nominated winner of a creativity contest titled Mask On hosted by Alameda  County. She brought in her artistic ideas by constructing a cloth face mask.

The contest took place a year ago when COVID cases were at a peak. She was a freshman when she entered and won, and is now a sophomore in high school. She explained how COVID has impacted her life and the different ways that it was very unexpected and challenging. Yeimy explained how COVID-19 was a huge challenge in her life because her extracurricular activities were impacted due to the shut down.

She is involved with a health program internship, a boxing class, and track and even through COVID-19 she received so much support from her community that she wanted to make change and spread leadership and positivity. 

Yeimy’s message behind the mask is to spread awareness and keep people safe and protected by COVID-19.  For creating the mask she used  cloth threading and wire banded that she had sewed into the mask for the attachment around the ear. Yeimy’s favorite part of her mask was her choice of pattern design. She said it reminded her of marble; a very unique color of faded black and white patterns. Yeimy’s outcome in entering the mask design contest was to have people stay safe and smart and accept the challenges of COVID-19  with positivity and guidance. 

Written by Cianna Williams

Photographed: Elizabeth wearing Yeimy Torres Martinez’s mask


featured content

Vaccine Myths vs Facts

“Why I Choose To Mask” Video

Created By The Roots Community Health Center Youth Advisory Council

Photographed by Quentin Torres.

UFSA SPeaks Podcast

Check out UFSA Speaks! 

The youth in Safe Passages’ afterschool program at United For Success Academy (UFSA) in Oakland have created a podcast about COVID. UFSA Speaks is a space to hear from school staff and students about COVID-19 impacts, vaccines, and mask mandates.




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Any content submitted must be created by youth (11-25) or chosen by youth.


Content must have accurate information. The source retrieved from must be reliable. Websites that end in: .gov, .org, .edu highly suggested. Must contain the latest news.


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Content should be interesting/ exciting/ engaging. Content should also be diverse; representing a range of people and perspectives.


Content created should use language, images, music, etc. that appeal to our audience (youth).


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