Peel Youth get Empowered and Inspired
BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 4, 2011) - Two hundred students and educators from schools across Peel were inspired to make a difference in the health and wellness of their schools at Peel Public Health’s 5th annual 1Life2Live - Make the Right Choices for You! Youth Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
“This conference is all about empowering youth by giving them the skills and tools to become healthy living ambassadors,” says Florence Bonyun, supervisor of the School Health team at the Region of Peel. “They can take what they learned and use it to make positive changes in their schools and communities.”
This year the conference featured youth motivational speaker David Major as the keynote speaker and presentations by community partners YATI (Youth Advocacy Training Institute) and iTHINK.
Each year the conference includes workshops that are specially designed and aligned with the new curriculum. This year there was a focus on the new School Food and Beverage Policy. Students and educators talked about health-related issues that affect youth, including healthy relationships, healthy eating, health advocacy, media literacy and leadership, and then came up with ways to deal with the needs they identified in their school. Students also had the opportunity to receive a $500 grant to put towards youth-focused health initiatives or projects in their schools.
“My students always have a great time at this conference because they have their voices heard and get to develop their leadership qualities,” says Diana Jones, a child and youth worker at Cardinal Ambrozic Secondary School. “I can see their excitement grow throughout the day and by the end, they can’t wait to get back to school and start applying what they’ve learned.”
For more information, contact the Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700 or SchoolHealth101@peelregion.ca.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon.