2015 HJCOPC “Heart of the Community” Award Honorees: Youth Leadership and Youth-Led Initiatives

Editor’s note: On Friday, September 11, nearly 200 attendees gathered to celebrate healthy kids and active communities in Duval County. The fourth annual awards breakfast, hosted by the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (HJCOPC), commemorated National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and provided a forum to honor 15 local organizations and individuals for their commitment to helping children in Duval County grow up healthy and strong.

The Youth Leadership and Youth-Led Initiatives Categories recognizes any individual or group of youth up to age 18 and any community-based organization or corporation that has developed or implemented a youth-led program or initiative that directly or indirectly impacts the health of the community. We invite you to get to know the honorees and to call upon them as healthy, active resources in the community.

Youth-Led Initiatives

Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition – 4Me Teen Health Project 

Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition has offered the 4Me Teen Health Project since 2011. Currently, the program is offered at nine sites in northeast Florida, including seven community-based locations in Duval County. The program consists of three components for participants, ages 12-18:  a comprehensive sex education series, parent workshops, and a six-month teen leadership council. While sexual health is the main focus of the program, the overall goal of the project is to ensure participants develop lifelong healthy habits.

I’m A Star

I’m A Star Foundation, Inc., is a student-led program for student leaders ages 11-18. The rallying call for the foundation’s leadership program is, “because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.” Student leaders have made a conscious decision to rally their peers and the entire Jacksonville community to take bold action and decisive steps in the fight against childhood obesity.

APEL 

APEL Health Services provides health services for young people and residents living primarily in Health Zone 1 with community outreach, HIV testing and health seminars. APEL’s Youth Link program provides youth with leadership experience in promoting health, teaching them qualitative data collection methods and conducting focus groups in the community.

Youth Leadership

First Timothy Baptist Church – Peer Health Advocates

The Peer Health Advocates, ages 16-23, are members of the evidence-based Peer Education for the Soul Initiative of the Maternal and Child Health Division in the Department of Health in Duval County. They are one of three faith-based organizations trained to deliver health messages regarding preconception health for both men and women. In addition, the advocates are sharing strategies for prevention of childhood obesity, healthy eating and beginning or increasing physical activity.

I’m A Star

I’m A Star Foundation, Inc., is a student-led program for student leaders ages 11-18. The rallying call for the foundation’s leadership program is, “because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.” Student leaders have made a conscious decision to rally their peers and the entire Jacksonville community to take bold action and decisive steps in the fight against childhood obesity.

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