Childhood obesity is a public health epidemic in the United States. It's an extremely harmful disease that raises a child's risk for many different and serious health problems, including juvenile diabetes and heart diseases. In addition, a child who suffers from obesity is much more likely to be obese as an adult than one who is able to maintain a healthy weight. Choose You has a solution!
It has come to the attention of the members of our project that the unhealthy and negative talk surrounding the topic of body image is self harming to individuals and communities. We all experience what we call "fat and skinny talk" in our high schools. However, from launching this project we have realized just how many people of all ages and genders relate to this topic. We've created a business to help!
Support the team All Bullying Ceases founded in San Jose, California, a network of youth and community stakeholders working with ten middle schools and high schools that train youth on activities that address all forms of bullying. The innovative youth-driven initiative will affect over 200 students directly and 10,000 indirectly. Your contribution will help make this project a success in schools throughout California and further establish a model for other schools to replicate its successes in tackling the issue of bullying.
In the small, caring town of Carbondale, Colorado, the team Rams for Vets 2014 asks you to help support their project to give combat veterans returning from military service a new sense of purpose, hope, optimism and the ability to enjoy the freedoms they fought for as they re-enter society. Team Coordinators Miriam and Alyza have created a social action project that invites their school, city and the global community to help fund five veterans to attend the Huts for Vets program. They hope to help transform the lives of the veterans through more services and information and, as well, create an awareness among their high school peers of the challenges that face veterans.
Team Youths4Change have created their social action project Envision in an effort to create solutions to the challenges that disabled youth in Cameroon face. Over 1 million people live with a disability in Cameroon, 80% of which are young people. Youth living with disabilities are shunned from society and do not have access to resources, education and opportunities. Starting with a group of over 200 youth, the Envision project will work in two centers to launch a mentoring and entrepreneurship program for disabled youth. We will continue working to make sure that society realizes once and for all that disability is not inability. Ultimately, our goal is to see youths of all abilities working side by side to benefit their communities.
When our founder, Jackie Rotman, was 12, she performed a hip-hop dance for eighty teens with disabilities. In response to a technical difficulty with her music, she adapted her performance by inviting audience members onstage to have their own opportunity to express themselves through dance. From watching dozens of teens empowered, exhilarated, and full of self-confidence from dancing, she learned that dance is more than a physical activity; it is a powerful creative force that can bring people together and give them joy and self-esteem.