Students In Action - Celebrate Service (JA's Landmark Wellness & Service Program)
Students In Action is a student-led, global-based initiative that promotes physical fitness, health, and well-being (proper diet and exercise) and domestic and international service. Students Celebrate Service by seeking sponsors to support a student-led fundraising event involving physical activity, such as a run, a walk, a dance (or other pledged-based event) approved and run by the participating school.
Students In Action - Celebrate Service promotes three significant goals: Physical Fitness, Health and Well-Being, Domestic Community Service, and International Community Service.
Physical Fitness, Health and Well-Being
In the United States too many students do not have healthy diet and exercise habits. This creates serious current and future health issues. Our goal is to organize sponsored exercise activities - RUN...WALK...DANCE - to raise monies to support local and international community service projects and wellness.
Domestic Community Service
We want to encourage students to become involved in community service connected to their schools and local communities, and to support volunteer activities that promote physical fitness and health.
International Community Service
We want to encourage students to think globally and to aid the education of children around the world. Our focus will be children in dire poverty who would not otherwise have basic essentials such as drinking water, latrines and sanitation, food programs, medical provision, suitable learning environments and the provision of books and basic learning materials.
Too often in the media, students are portrayed for negative behavior and for not being active and involved. Students In Action - Celebrate Service is student-led and encapsulates the passion and commitment by American students to join hands with students in other countries to make a positive difference for disadvantaged children worldwide. Students lead the initiative; they select the fundraising vehicles and students select the projects they want to support.
The Jefferson Awards will work with Student Leaders in participating high schools to undertake a fundraising event to support the three goals.
The students will seek sponsors for a run, walk, dance, or any other fundraising vehicle of their selection that involves exercise.
Half the money raised stays in the school and the local community to support physical fitness and well-being activities as well as school service initiatives.
Half the money will support international projects to help children in dire need increase their schooling and educational opportunities.
The Jefferson Awards will receive 15% of the money, not to exceed $2,000 per school, to pay for the administration of the program.
U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (Illinois) salutes NBC5 Jefferson Awards winner Charlene McMann, and agrees to Co-Chair Students In Action -- Celebrate Service.
Charlene brought her experience at organizing events and walks to the Jefferson Awards and helped launched the landmark "Students In Action -- Celebrate Service (SIACS)" program.
Chicago held the first SIACS events at Jefferson Awards YSI Chicago Public High Schools this year. The Chicago area also held the first SIACS event at an elementary school.
Sergio Rojas of NBC 5 Chicago and Sky Guy (the mascot for the WNBA's Chicago Sky) joined the Jefferson Awards at Charles Reed Elementary School. Students brought a healthy "brown bag" lunch to school and during an assembly were educated about the importance of eating healthy foods and exercised for about 20 minutes.
Chicago Area YSI School Student In Action - Celebrate Service Events
The Chicagoland area has lead the way in the Jefferson Awards Students In Action - Celebrate Service Program. Here are some examples of the fine work of our student leaders.
Students at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and at Thornridge High in Dolton, Illinois each led campaigns at their schools to change the school cafeteria menu to improve students' diets. At Curie High in Chicago, student leaders organized a dance-a-thon with a global focus. Working with the Building for Books Club, the Jefferson Awards student leaders at Curie educated students and the community on health issues affecting developing countries. The students had a series of informational multimedia presentations on how common, but very treatable diseases, plague developing countries and what students at Curie can do about it. BEST High student leaders organized a health fair. Community role models talked about a wide range of issues from education to violence. Representatives from city and community health services attended and discussed and provided information on a variety of topics including healthy lifestyle and eating habits. Kennedy High student leaders organized the First Annual Community Health and Fitness Awareness Day. In cooperation with the health and physical education departments, the student leaders organized a health and fitness day in the park. The main focus of the day was a walk/run. But in the days surrounding the event, students were provided with health and fitness tips. Gage Park held a basketball tournament, which also featured information on healthy diet and exercise habits.
YSI promotes volunteering, leadership, and ethical decision making. It also provides students with opportunities and privileges. Our student leaders are not just leaders of the future, YSI and SIACS transforms them into leaders of today making a positive impact in their schools and communities during the current school year.
Visit www.studentsinaction.org or contact us, if you are interested in participating in Students In Action -- Celebrate Service. There are many ways to participate, including:
Getting your school to participate in Students In Action -- Celebrate Service
Organizing or volunteering at a Students In Action event
Sponsoring the Students In Action Program or a Students In Action event