Teens Have Their Say About Body Image, Nutrition, Sexual Health

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Children’s Aid Youth Will Teach to Reach Their Peers on Health Issues

Contact:

Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

When:

Thursday, June 5, 2008
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where:

The Children’s Aid Society’s Fannie Lou Hamer Community School - cafeteria
1021 Jennings Street, near West Farms Road
Bronx, NY

Who:

- Roger Platt, M.D., Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Education’s Division of Health and Mental Health

- Billy Doherty, Project Manager, New York City Department of Education’s SchoolFood

- Niko, Love Heals Speakers Bureau Member (HIV/AIDS education)

- Children’s Aid Society youth, executives and parents

What:

Approximately 150 students will go to school in the Bronx on Thursday, despite the day off, so that they can do the teaching.

The Children's Aid Society Youth Council will host a conference on health issues, based on four topics they’ve chosen: body image, physical fitness, nutrition and sexual health.

The students have prepared written recommendations on each of the topics for youth, parents, community based organizations, doctors and elected officials. They will perform skits explaining their recommendations at the conference.

Special guests Roger Platt, M.D., Billy Doherty and Niko will join Children’s Aid’s Medical Director Lisa Handwerker, M.D., Richard Negron, Director of Community Schools and Regina Little, a Children’s Aid parent and President of the Guardian Association Board of CS 61 and IS 190in the Bronx, for a panel discussion following the skits.

This is the third annual conference of The Children's Aid Society Youth Council, a leadership development program for middle and high school students from eight Children’s Aid community schools in the Bronx, Washington Heights and East Harlem.

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org) was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org.

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