Mission Statement: Empowering our local, national and international communities to take charge of their health and wellness - and live happier, healthier lives!
- Project Need:
Problem to be Addressed - Screen time, juvenile diabetes and childhood obesity are all on the rise. Girls Gen decided to do something about this epidemic, and encourage our community to unplug, get active, eat healthy and get fit!
Solution - Help our community achieve a healthy lifestyle by promoting physical, emotional and mental well-being through our Girls Gen events on campus and in the community.
In August of 2018, we met as a newly assembled PLP GBLA team. Many of our previous members from Year 2 (2017-18) had graduated, so we first had to decide whether we wanted to maintain our previous focus of closing the STEM gap, or switch to health and wellness.
The new team of girls overwhelmingly decided to switch focus areas - so we brainstormed ways in which we felt we could actually make a difference in improving the health, happiness and quality of lives on campus and in the community.
We came up with several paths to follow and subdivided our rather large team of 27 girls (a record for PLP!) into sub-committees, including focus areas of: fitness, social media, gardening, nutrition, stress-relief, branding, recruitment, and so on.
- Project Planners:
As is often the case, our project ideas changed from our initial to our final project planner. Please find details below:
We were lucky enough to have participated in the following events (and involved members of the community every step of the way): 1. PLP's Color Run 2. PLP's Literacy Faire (exposing students to our health and wellness goals) 3. The MS Walk 4. WE Day California - networking with other ASB/GBLA teams 5. Feeding the Homeless at Grace Resources 6. The Trisomy Awareness Walk 7. Donating Gently-Used Clothing to the Homeless 8. Making and Selling Rafiki Bracelets to Donate Money to Dominican Orphans 9. Inkwell Book & Art Festival (making stress balls) 10. Jamba Juice Fundraiser (money donated to charity) 11. Creating a School Gardening Program for Middle School Students 12. Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 13. Modern Woodmen Speech Contest - "Challenges Youth Face" 14. PLP Water Day 15. IB World School African Dance Class 16. Elementary School Outreach - Snack & Fitness Club
There have been and will continue to be many positive outcomes as a result of the exciting work we began this year! Lots of reflection and discoveries about ourselves and others. In general, however, we'd like to think that we focused on making the community happier and less stressed. We spread literature about healthy eating and healthy living, worked with elementary and middle school students on increasing their daily activity while decreasing their reliance on electronic devices, and increased exposure to fruits and vegetables on campus.
In the Palmdale community we focused on health and wellness by providing financial support to various local charities, as well as feeding the homeless, and holding food and clothing drives to support our local shelter, Grace Resources.
Internationally, we raised money to support our sister school in the Dominican Republic and were even able to focus on the health and wellness of youth 3,000 miles away!
All in all, we think we did a pretty good job at upholding our personal mission ("empowering our local, national and international communities to take charge of their health and wellness and live happier, healthier lives") - especially as a brand-new team with a brand-new focus! We hope to be able to continue our work next year and dive even deeper!
Please click below to view our collection of evidence toward meeting our team goals. Included are photographs, receipts, email requests, flyers, thank you letters and videos, etc.