The City of New Bedford and New Directions kept over 40 youth busy this summer in the Mayor’s Learn and Serve Summer Youth Program. The six-week program for 14 and 15 year olds required students to complete community service projects while developing work readiness skills. Students were selected to participate in one of five projects, including two Mass in Motion projects to promote a healthy environment and healthy eating. Students were given a small stipend at the end of the summer for their work.
In the Healthy Eating group, students learned about healthy eating activities through a curriculum called, Food and Fun. They took this knowledge to six park sites where they taught youth at the sites about healthy eating through demonstrations and activities.
In the Healthy Communities group, students learned about how the built environment can affect the health of a community, how to write advocacy letters promoting change in the environment and basic skills on how to complete a walking assessment.
Each group completed their work experience by completing a photo project documenting their experience.
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