Wellness Ambassadors Leadership Program
Wellness Ambassadors FIT 4 Success Program
Students enroll into the PTCS Program and immediately begin their school-based HEAL journey as Wellness Ambassadors (WA) by participating in Fitness Communications for Youth Leaders 1 and 2 class sessions. Session 1’s focus is to establish a fitness baseline for each student by having advance WA Outreach Team members to teach new student-participants how to calculate their own BMI. Knowing your BMI is important because students’ fitness to learn determine plays an important part in their readiness for academic and career success. Also knowing your BMI can help students detect early health disparities such as obesity, diabetes, heart problems, hypertension, they may be unaware of at this time. Session 2, WA Outreach Team leaders engage students in 3 fitness activities that measures students, strength, agility, endurance, and speed to provide each student with a baseline for each fitness activity according to Presidential Youth Fitness Standards. When students learn their fitness baselines, they develop their own Health Action Plan to set specific goals for improving their health. Experiential learning classes include an Agricultural Science session at ECO City Farms and an Environmental Health session at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park lead by Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS)Environmental Education Specialists.
Community Outreach Service Learning Hours
Students (with their parents) could earn 16-50 service learning hours (SLH) during their first year in the program, especially if they are Port Towns Youth Council members. Community outreach activities include helping community residents establish and maintain community gardens; leading others (younger students, elders, and other residents) in fitness activities; helping schools to develop their own school-based health policies, serving seniors during municipal, county, and state events for community residents; participating in Earth Day activities that include planting trees; and acting as docents during municipal community days and during career day events.