Student Activity & Youth-Led Action
Our wellness team is made up of Nutrition Outreach Workers, Water Ambassadors, Bigger Picture Poets, and various other student leaders across the district.
See how our youth teams are propelling Wellness Policy initiatives in their school communities.
Nutrition Outreach Workers
Nutrition Outreach Workers at Balboa High School, Lincoln High School, and Willie Brown Middle School carry out nutrition-focused wellness initiatives at their school sites. NOWs promote California Specialty Crops available at local Farmers’ Markets to other students, staff, and families. NOWs engage their peers through taste tests of fruits and vegetables, educational events, and classroom presentations. Through their work, this group addresses issues of food justice and diet-based illnesses disproportionately present in their communities.
Water Task Force
Water Task Force student leaders utilize a peer education model to promote drinking more water and less sugary beverages to other students at their schools. Water Ambassadors engage their peers through taste tests of fruit infused water, educational events, and classroom presentations. Through their work, this group addresses issues of water access and diet-based illnesses disproportionately present in their communities.
The Bigger Picture Project
The Bigger Picture Project is led by Poet Mentors from Youth Speaks and is designed to support students to create poetry, rap and spoken word on the structural forces that lead to increased Type II Diabetes in marginalized communities, create school community and promote youth voice and leadership.
Black Student Union BeWell
This collaboration between the Black Student Union (BSU) and the Be well committee at Ulloa Elementary School created school community and explored nutritional issues that affect the Black community including targeting of sugary products. Students made healthy snacks to create digital content to share with the school community, demonstrating alternatives to sugary beverages for students.