Health and Wellness Initiative
Youth Block Captains/Youth Council - Registrations Now Being Accepted!
Youth in the be well Block Captain Program promote healthy living in the be well Zone and abroad among family, friends, peers and neighbors through outreach with schools, churches, sports teams and other youth-oriented community organizations. All youth block captains complete a healthy living training, equipping them with new attitudes, skills, and knowledge as it relates to health and wellness and the civic engagement process.
The be well Youth Block Captain training builds the capacity of youth to serve on the be well Youth Council. It also allows them to utilize information learned in the implementation of community projects and events. be well Youth Block Captains design, promote, and implement 1-3 activities, projects, or events each year to encourage healthy changes in the be well Zone among their peers, as well as, inform or recommend health policies (or best-practices) that could help to make healthy living easier for students at schools throughout the be well Zone.
Diverse youth ranging in age from 8-17 years serve as Youth Block Captains on the be well Youth council with representation from be well schools and from the be well Zone. To date, 94 youth have completed the be well Youth Block Captain training since the start of the be well Youth program in 2012. Currently, there are 23 youth block captains actively serving on the be well Youth Council. 2016 healthy living projects for the Council included videos on both cooking/nutrition and anti-bullying. 2017 projects for the Council included a movie premiere night to showcase the 2016 videos and a carnival/family fun block party.