MIKE Program Recognizes 136
MIKE Program recognized 136 youth for completing their health empowerment experience this June. In ceremonies at De La Salle North Catholic High School and Rosemary Anderson High School in inner north Portland and Miller Education Center West in rural Hillsboro, Oregon, MIKE Program mentors finished up the year by handing out certificates and congratulations while celebrating with sincere appreciation for the youths’ contributions throughout the year.
The teens recently completed their Health Leadership Projects, extending their experiences and knowledge to more than 700 other young people and adults. At De La Salle North Catholic High School, leadership projects included presentations to elementary and middle school students, creating a health blog and other social media outlets and garnering 180 signatures petitioning to install a healthy snacks vending machine.
At Rosemary Anderson High School the youths hosted a half-day Kidney Conference. They facilitated a panel of people being treated for kidney failure so that everyone in their school could have a first-hand look at what they had learned. They invited both people who were undergoing dialysis and kidney transplant recipients, featured a poster gallery of their own messages and served a healthy lunch to the entire school and staff after obtaining a food handlers license. Many of the youth wore their MIKE Program t-shirts, designed by several of the Rosemary Anderson High School teens, to reinforce the program’s message of healthy kidneys. The event attracted local media coverage from The Skanner News.
In MIKE Program’s afterschool program at Miller Education Center West in Hillsboro, participants learned to take blood pressure and then reached out to the middle school, offering a blood pressure clinic, teaching the middle school children about the important role blood pressure plays and teaching how to take blood pressure!
To celebrate the successful completion of their experience, they ended with a final round of scrapbooking to capture special moments throughout the year and view a slideshow of their blood pressure clinic for middle school students. One young Miller Education Center West youth will keep the hoodie he designed in MIKE Program as a special memento to recognize his graduation from high school.
Youth Leadership Project Publishes a Health Blog
Greg Kluthe could have kept busy as a research assistant at Portland State University and a part-time faculty member at Portland Community College. Yet, he also spent this last year with MIKE Program to mentor a half dozen youth. Kluthe worked as a MIKE Program mentor at De La Salle North Catholic High School to impact the health of the next generation.
“I chose MIKE Program to play a role as a mentor and change people’s minds at a critical time,” Kluthe explained. He added, “I want to educate them about the science behind their health with a way to reach out to their community, as well.”
As part of MIKE Program’s Health Leadership Project, Kluthe guided his freshman group to understand the functions of their kidneys, learn how lifestyle choices affect their health and support their work to share what they learned with others. The teens chose to publish a health blog to reach as many individuals as possible and allow each of them an opportunity to contribute and share information and resources they discovered participating in MIKE Program.
The “De La Salle North Health Blog” aims to help people be healthy one post at a time. Visit it at: http://delasallehealth.blogspot.com/.
Youth Serve a Healthy Lunch with a Healthy Message
Students at Rosemary Anderson High School may have dropped out of traditional schools, or are homeless, neglected and unsupported. With a comprehensive support system, Rosemary Anderson High School achieves success in the lives of their students with a 90 percent graduation rate for those youth who actively are enrolled in their programming.
MIKE Program is part of that success; our mentors arrive each week with a goal of building a stable, positive relationship with the teens while focusing on their health. The curriculum directly impacts the lives of the youth by empowering them to realize how they can determine and change their future health by the decisions they make now.
This year, the youth in MIKE Program chose to coordinate their efforts for their Health Leadership Project by hosting a half-day Kidney Conference complete with a panel, a gallery of posters denoting healthy messages and a healthy lunch for the entire school and staff.
Wearing the t-shirts designed by fellow classmates, they distributed t-shirts to other students, extending their messages about MIKE Program and healthy kidneys beyond the classroom.
The event attracted the attention of the local media. The Skanner published an article and photos featuring MIKE Program youth and President Cheryl Neal, MD. Click on the link provided below and be sure to check out our blog and Flickr pages for photos.
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