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Title: Students Taking Charge: Youth Advancing Healthier School Policies


1
Students Taking Charge Youth Advancing Healthier
School Policies
  • Angela Forfia
  • Students Taking Charge Program Manager
  • Action for Healthy Kids

2
If we fail to act, we endanger the future
well-being of Americas youth, and, I dare say,
of America itself. Our children deserve
healthier learning environmentsschools that
promote lifelong habits of healthful eating and
active lifestyles.
Progress or Promises?
Whats Working for and against Healthy Schools
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Three Areas of Focus
Improve childrens eating habits
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Three Areas of Focus
Increase childrens physical activity
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Three Areas of Focus
Educate the public about the connection between
health and achievement
6
Healthy Environment Activity
7
Students Taking Charge!
8
Students Taking Charge 2009-2011
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Who is the audience for Students Taking Charge?
  • High school students
  • Student leaders/advocates
  • National Honor Society
  • School-based health center youth advisory council
  • Mikva Challenge group
  • Other student organizations
  • Middle school students

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What are the benefits to schools?
  • Develops young leaders
  • Youth development skills
  • Community service hours
  • Mentoring/Near peer education
  • Increases student support for healthy changes
  • Encourages students to be true partners in
    creating a healthy school
  • Healthy students learn better!

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What sets Students Taking Charge apart from other
programs?
  • Focus on environmental change
  • Five years of program success
  • Youth involvement in program development from the
    beginning
  • Real high schools and real student success
    stories
  • Funding for youth-led projects at the school level

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Meaningful Student Involvement
Student-Adult Partnerships Student-Initiated,
Student-Led Adults Initiate Action and Share
Decisions with Students Students Consulted by
Adults Students Assigned to be Involved Tokenism D
ecoration Manipulation
13
Students Taking Charge
The goal of Students Taking Charge is to improve
knowledge, increase self-efficacy, and promote
meaningful student involvement as youth advocate
for lasting changes around nutrition, physical
activity, and health.
14
Students Taking Charge
  • Facilitators Guide Four Modules
  • Find Your Voice
  • Investigate Your School
  • Plan for Improvement
  • Mobilize for Change
  • Students Taking Charge Website
  • Project Ideas
  • Evaluation materials
  • Connectivity

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Facilitators Icons
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Find Your Voice
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Environmental change for students
Students Taking Charge provides you with a
step-by-step toolkit and an interactive website
to teach you how to make your school a place
where its easy to be healthy!
18
Find Your Voice Key Goals
  • Understand what a healthy school environment
    means
  • Define and demystify advocacy
  • Figure out the difference between programs,
    policies, and practices
  • Analyze local wellness policies
  • Identify key decision makers and what matters to
    them
  • Consider obstacles to making change

19
Make it Happen Programs, Policies, and Practices
(p.20-21)
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Know Your Audience Youth in Action
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Investigate Your School
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Investigation for students
  • Before you can start advocating for healthy
    changes, you have to find out whats going on
    right now.

23
Investigate Your School Key Goals
  • Learn the importance of investigation
  • Collect information about the school
  • Develop an investigation approach
  • Overcome barriers such as lack of administrative
    support
  • Utilize Students Taking Charge surveys
  • Understand the value of parents as allies
  • Find out about the School Health Index

24
Investigation Dots Youth in Action
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Make it Happen Which investigation approach
works for you? (p. 42-45)
  • Consider the pros/cons of
  • Visual assessment
  • Interviews with key informants
  • Focus groups
  • Student surveys
  • Other surveys
  • Whole school assessment (recommended tool School
    Health Index)

26
Plan for Improvement
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Plan for Improvement for students
  • Developing a plan of action will help you figure
    out what needs to be done, who will do it, when
    it needs to happen, and when youre done!

28
Plan for Improvement Key Goals
  • Determine specific actions to improve the school
    health environment
  • Rank each action based on feasibility matrix
  • Set short, mid, and long-term goals
  • Anticipate and overcome challenges
  • Tailor messaging for different audiences
  • Build support for policy changes
  • Develop an action plan and budget

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Mobilize for Change
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Mobilize for Change for students
  • Every movement for social change starts with the
    passion of one individual who inspires a small
    group of thoughtful and dedicated people to take
    action.

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Mobilize for Change Key Goals
  • Learn practical strategies for group work
  • Develop powerful messages around the action plan
  • Create effective letters, press releases, and
    presentations
  • Recognize volunteers and supporters
  • Understand communication strategies and when to
    use them
  • Engage the media to tell the students story to
    the community

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Students Taking Charge website
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Tips for School Success
  • Follow the Facilitators Guide
  • Encourage all activities to support environmental
    change in the school
  • Policy changes can take time
  • Remember the 3Ps
  • Short/Mid/Long-term goals
  • Use the STC website for inspiration,
    troubleshooting, and to share your story
  • Connect with other schools in your area

34
Students Taking Charge Success Stories
Check out the ready-made projects for more ideas!
35
Questions?
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Thanks for taking action for healthy kidsand
youth!
www.ActionForHealthyKids.org www.StudentsTakingCha
rge.org
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