The Sierra Project Foundation is a Denver, CO based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of youth through the use of graphic novels. We work with children who lack access to information on health issues and help them make better health decisions and live healthier and longer lives.
We began as a medical distributor four years ago, but found that people don’t always understand their health needs. Since then, we’ve shifted our focus to health education – the most powerful tool for wellness of all. We rely solely on charitable donations to fund the creation, production, and distribution of our health education graphic novels. We are continuously working with health facilities to increase our distribution.
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.
We print our educational comics on a frequent basis and distribute 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.
One of our main focuses is curbing underage tobacco use and providing education on the benefits of a healthy and varied diet. These are just two of countless potential health topics that families and children from countries that lack health education can be educated on.