Healthy Practices: Meet Our Youth

Name & Age: Kris, age 17.

Grade & School:  Senior at Woodland Hills High School

First year or returning BYP member? First year.

Favorite Healthy Practices activity?  I like going to Good Shepherd (to teach nutrition at summer camp), teaching swim lessons, and stress relief.

Tell us about your independent project: My project is about herbs and their uses and how you can use them in their diet.

BYP Jr. and Heritage Summer Camp

This summer BYP Jr. has been involved with a variety of projects in our effort to provide positive mentors for younger youth in the community. We spend much of our time at Good Shepherd School where we help out at a heritage summer camp for kids ages 5 to 13. We assist in the classroom, on the playground and on field trips, and during lunch. We also have planned several activities for the youth to travel out into the community. For example, every Tuesday, the camp goes in two groups to the library where they get to pick out books and read with a stuffed animal friend. Three days during the week, the kids also meet with our BYP gardening team who has planned exciting activities for them such as watering the garden, planting seedlings, and playing with a live chicken. So far, the kids have loved seeing the plants grow, the compost form (even though the comics were in there), and eating the flowers from the squash plants. Here are a few pictures from our gardening excursions.

Watering the Youth Garden

Filling the watering cans from rain water barrels and eating some of the delicious flower plants.

Garden Coordinator Jenalee points out some of the garden’s plants.

Media Team Creates Stop-Motion for BYP Documentary

The Media Team youth created a claymation stop-motion to be used as an introduction to their documentary series. The 4-5 minute segments of the documentary will feature footage and interviews with each of the BYP groups and will be posted on the BYP website towards the end of summer.

The youth designed and molded original clay characters, then moved the characters in small increments as they took108 photos to be strung together to make the stop-motion film. Though the project was time intensive, the Media Team youth are proud of their final product and enjoyed the process. They also look forward to making more animated creations in the future.

The stop-motion includes the catch phrase “Build It Back Up”, which also appears on the youth-designed BYP T-shirts.                                                 Photos by Sharvel Pulliam

Braddock Seniors Get Moving with Healthy Practices

The Healthy Practices youth kicked off their summer exercise program by leading the residents of The Avenue apartments in some stretches and dance routines. Although the youth and staff had some anticipation about whether the seniors would participate in dancing or enjoy the music selections, the group was put at ease by the enthusiasm and spirit of the senior center community members.

One community member was so excited about doing the “Cha-Cha Slide” that she joined the youth in leading the group:

BYP and The Avenue community members do the “Cha-Cha Slide.”

The residents also requested to learn how to “Dougie”:

BYP Youth teaching seniors how to “Dougie”

The Youth had a great time on their first visit and took requests for new dances and other activities to share with the community in upcoming weeks. They look forward to expanding their program to at least one other senior center this summer.