Promote health in 100 teens in Portland, Oregon

by MIKE Program
Promote health in 100 teens in Portland, Oregon
Promote health in 100 teens in Portland, Oregon
Promote health in 100 teens in Portland, Oregon
Promote health in 100 teens in Portland, Oregon
Promote health in 100 teens in Portland, Oregon
Promote health in 100 teens in Portland, Oregon
Promote health in 100 teens in Portland, Oregon
Promote health in 100 teens in Portland, Oregon
Nov 24, 2021

Nursing Students Mentoring Youth

Brian shares health information.
Brian shares health information.

Students with Warner Pacific University’s (WP) Departments of Nursing and Physical Therapy usually train with each other to develop interpersonal skills that they’ll use in their future professions. Yet one group of students has taken on an added experience that places them directly inside a classroom of ninth graders to mentor young people toward healthy behaviors.

For Brian, who is studying occupational therapy at WP, his mentoring experience at De La Salle North Catholic High School (DLSNC) has surprised and inspired him.

“One thing I noticed about the class is that they really get comfortable with us mentors very quickly,” he said. “After our session I had one student call out my name from down the hall as I was leaving and he just gave me a good bye wave which I thought was totally cool considering the fact that it was my first day as a mentor and I was only in the class room for about 40 minutes.”

His colleagues, all WP nursing students, arrive in their bright blue scrubs ready to share their excitement about health. They work together to create lessons and activities around a specific health topic each week. They’ve developed lessons on nutrition, exercise, how food affects the brain, ways to manage stress, understanding the current impact of COVID-19, and how to fact check sources.

The WP students take turns presenting the main topic of the day, then they gather in small groups with the DLSNC students to participate in activities and discussions. The smaller groups help promote discussions where everyone gets a chance to talk and share.

“It was interesting to see individual participation of some in smaller groups,” said WP mentor Emma. “They were more engaging, inquisitive, and well adjusted, compared to when they are in the full classroom.”

Her colleague Dev, also a nursing student at WP agreed. “By being in the small groups, the students were able to voice their opinion and participated more in the discussions.”

The ninth graders at DLSNC provide the WP students with genuine reactions about the lesson content and information, especially during their session about understanding health misinformation and sourcing.

Sienna said, “I learned that a lot of influencers promote unrealistic things.” Kim shared, “It’s important to fact check so you don’t spread misinformation accidently.” And Sam said that he learned that misinformation is bigger than he realized. “It’s important because it can cause frustration.”

For the WP mentors, their experience at DLSNC helps them build leadership skills and confidence in presenting health information to a younger audience. Belle said, “I like that the material is relatable to the students, which increases more engagement when prompted with questions.”

Such engagement helps foster positive relationships, which help build knowledge and trust. Your donations help foster this vital experience for both college and high school students. MIKE is thankful for your support to nurture our future healthcare professionals.

Belle guides students through lesson.
Belle guides students through lesson.
Gabby shares a healthy snack.
Gabby shares a healthy snack.

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Comments:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

MIKE Program

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @mikeprogram
Project Leader:
Cheryl Neal
Portland, OR United States
$2,428 raised of $272,133 goal
 
18 donations
$269,705 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

MIKE Program has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.