Youth Building Healthy Communities In East Oakland, CA
Obesity is a serious problem that affects the youth and families in East Oakland, California. The California Department of Education reported that 29.1% of 5th and 7th graders in Alameda County were overweight in the 2008-2009 school year.
Youth Building Healthy Communities (YBHC) is encouraging members of the community to eat healthier by distributing coupon booklets and offering a Youth Employment Program, which gives members of the local community access to healthy foods and fitness programs.
The coupon booklets will be available for purchase by the public or as a reward to high achieving students at participating schools. Students will not only have access to healthier and fresher foods, they will also have access to discounted classes at local fitness centers as well as other benefits from other organizations in partnership with Youth Building Healthy Communities.
YBHC has partnered with four grocery stores that sell high quality healthy foods for unlimited coupons at a monthly fee of $25.This fee will then be used to compile ‘File Facts’, a comprehensive fact sheet to guide users on choosing foods with substantial health benefits. In addition, the fee will also be used to produce Transportation Maps and other information that will help expand the users knowledge on how to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
In furthering its goals, the program intends to expand its partnership outreach, as well as its team with local high school students to assist in community outreach and marketing the coupon booklet. In order to accomplish this, YBHC will need to reach their funding goal of $2,000.
Please help them encourage and promote healthier lifestyles in the local community by clicking here. Through your support, the program can empower youths in East Oakland to bring about the social changes that will change critical health issues and importantly. It will inspire youths around the country to join their movement.
About Asibi Danjuma
I am a 23 years old Londoner currently in law school. I have a BA in Politics and International Relations and an LLB in law. I have worked as a Student Facilitator for the British Red Cross, taught at local schools in Berkshire and have done a lot of pro bono legal research for Amnesty International and the Arizona Capital Trials Project. When I finish law school, I hope to start saving the world by working in developmental research and perhaps move to Paris to eat macaroons, dabble in photography and write stories. I’m also an avid reader, white wine drinker and world traveler.