An Active Approach to Wellness

Project Info
Instructor: 
Judy Springer
Course Number: 
210-215
Most recent project completion date: 
May 21, 2010
Number of Students that participated: 
14
Total number of service hours completed by class: 
28
Community need or issue addressed by the Service-Learning project: 
Poverty (Hunger, Housing, Homelessness, Community and Economic Development, Employment)**
Youth/Education (Youth Development, At-risk Youth, mentoring, tutoring, primary/secondary Education)**
Other, Please describe:
Carrer Path Awareness
The Learning Objectives of the project: 
Students were asked to communicate effectively with at-risk youth in facilitation of a youth running program.
Students were asked to communicate effectively about their chosen career path to increase awareness of youth on possible occupational paths after high school.
Students were asked to value diversity in the facilitation of youth physical activity programs for males and females of middle school and high school age.
Students demonstrated personal responsibility by attending an evening session off campus at the Northside YMCA.
Students reflected on the value of physical activity and healthful nutrition strategies for youth through presentations in our classroom.
Which of these Service Learning Models was used?: 
Presentation Model (Students presented information to a community group or agency)
Other: 
Aided in porgram facilitation of youth running
Types of assessment tools used to document and share lessons learned: 
Class discussion
Other, Please describe:
Other: 
Aided in program facilitation of youth running.
Which MATC Core Abilities were met?: 
Communicate Effectively
Collaborate with Others
Respect Diversity
Demonstrate Responsibility
Think Critically
Embrace Change
AHA moments – transformational experiences reported, comments, lessons, suggestions for others, etc.: 
The students reflected on how nice the GYM youth were. This seemed to be a surprise to our students and is something that is not necessarily represented in the media or through common sources. Students reflected on how much fun they had as well as how engaged the GYM youth were in the activities. For those students who spoke of their chosen career path, they reflected on how receptive the youth were to the information as well as the great questions they posed to our students. Our students also suggested that programs like this are vital for the health of at-risk youth. They give the community great opportunities to be involved in aiding the health and economic potentioal of at-risk youth.