Lynn youth influence food and fitness culture

October 4, 2016

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Lynn Classical members pose for a photo; (L to R) Keyanni Jordan, Josue Jiminian, Jayla Blevins, Judith Musema, Aya Dabash, Brianna Bardales, Sondos Dabash, and Bertine Noel.

Today, 17 youth kicked off the school year as members of the Lynn Youth Health Alliance (LYHA), seeking to create positive change in their community’s health and food environment. As LYHA enters its fourth year, students from Lynn English and Lynn Classical will meet every week for the remainder of the school year advocating for healthy lifestyle changes in the community.

Made possible by a partnership with Social Capital Inc. AmeriCorps, our Youth Leadership Coordinator, Bridget, works with students to implement youth-driven projects engaging them in Lynn’s food and fitness landscape.

This year, LYHA is partnering with Lynn Public Schools and Chartwells Schools Dining Services to create a School Lunch Advisory Council, a pilot program giving students a voice in the foods they eat during school lunch. The students will gather input from their peers acting as a gateway for Chartwells to receive student feedback on the school food environment and evaluate where there are opportunities for change. Additionally, this peer-to-peer outreach will hopefully increase school meal participation.

In addition to the Council, LYHA spearheads other community service projects such as food drives and healthy living workshops. This group of unique, hard working high school students are hungry for change and encourage their fellow community members to lead healthy lifestyles. This is done through educating peers and leading by example. LYHA empowers youth and provides them with the information and tools needed to strengthen their leadership skills.

This space will continue to provide information about LYHA programming throughout the year and also function as a place for participating youth to share their voices regarding food and fitness.

Signing off with some powerful words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

For any questions or comments, please email Bridget Peters at bpeters@socialcapitalinc.org.

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