Healthcorps Students Across the Country GIVE BACK

Posted 01/16/2020 | By HealthCorps

HOUSTON, Texas (January 16, 2020)—In the coming weeks, HealthCorps students of all ages will participate in nationwide Martin Luther King – MLK Day of Service events coordinated by HealthCorps, a non-profit that gives teens tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives.

“Empowering teens to make a difference in their community is a key component of the HealthCorps mission to strengthen communities and empower youth. It is incredible to see how the students feel about themselves after the MLK Day of Service,” said HealthCorps’ Chief Operating Officer Michelle Marquez. “Furthermore, it’s important to note that HealthCorps works in high need schools, so the projects we undertake have a direct impact on our students and their families,” she added.  HealthCorps Coordinators work in tandem with students, school administration, and clubs to select a project that’s meaningful to both the students and their community.

Students at Kenilworth Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona will be writing kindness letters for seniors at Hospice Promise and will cook a festive treat to share with them..

Twenty-five high school students in Houston, Texas will be aiding in food preparation, clothing organization and donation, as well as other ad-hoc needs from the Houston Emergency Aid Coalition, to benefit those in need. The Emergency Aid Coalition is an interfaith organization that collaborates to provide temporary assistance in the form of food, clothing and other basic needs, with an emphasis on serving the working poor.

“I am so unbelievably proud of all of the student volunteers who are taking the time out of their day to help those in need. Like all of us, my students have their own personal battles to fight on a daily basis, however, they have taken the initiative to look past their own needs to benefit the needs of others. We are so honored to be able to work with the Houston Emergency Aid Coalition and assist them in serving our community,” said Yates High School HealthCorps Coordinator Katherine Torres.

In rural Oklahoma, students from the Chickasha High School Cooking Club will be preparing a nutritious meal for YMCA’s Silver Sneaker group to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Students will be dining with seniors to provide companionship for those who may not have a local family nearby.

MLK Day of Service is a community-based project performed nationally by HealthCorps Coordinators.  Coordinators work with students from high-need high schools to contribute time and energy to strengthen and improve the lives of those living within their community. HealthCorps began MLK Day of Service in conjunction with ServiceNation in 2009 to demonstrate the importance of giving back to communities.

Across the nation, HealthCorps currently maintains a network of 55 schools called Living Labs. Through the program, a full-time Coordinator – a recent college graduate with a passion for health and wellness, is embedded in a high-need high school to mentor hundreds of students, teach health-related workshops, and promote a variety of during and after school activities.

To learn more about HealthCorps’ Living Labs, please visit our website, www.healthcorps.org

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