Sierra Project Foundation
Connecting with Youth Worldwide
The Sierra Project Foundation was a Denver, CO based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of youth through the use of graphic novels and the arts. We worked with children who lacked access to information on health issues to help them make better health decisions and live healthier and longer lives.
We began as a medical distributor in 2013, but found that people don’t always understand their health needs. Thus, we shifted our focus to health education – the most powerful tool for wellness of all. We relied solely on charitable donations to fund the creation, production, and distribution of our health education graphic novels. To increase our distribution we worked with multiple health facilities.
Using Comics for Health Education
The best way to get a message across to youth from any culture is understanding how to communicate effectively. Comics are fun, exciting and easy to read, allowing children to learn how to make healthier life choices.
Great Resource for Doctors
We printed our educational comics on a frequent basis and distributed them to doctors, volunteers, and workers in several developing regions. The materials are also posted to our website in several languages, allowing individuals from all around the world the ability to access and download the vital information. While standard patient education material may not effectively reach all levels of education and understanding, graphic novels are easily understood and comprehended.
Tackle Serious Health Issues
One of our main focuses was curbing underage tobacco use and providing education on the benefits of a healthy and varied diet. These were just two of countless potential health topics that we believed families and children from countries that lack health education can be educated on.