And for our last Member Spotlight of the term…
Clemesia Beverly, Youth Nutrition and Physical Activity Facilitator at the Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County
I am currently serving as a Youth Nutrition and Physical Activity Facilitator at the Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County, where the mission is to provide services, programs, referrals, and advocacy for youth and community education on issues concerning youth. Since 1972, the Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County has provided services in an effort to strengthen families, divert youth from the juvenile justice system, and to foster positive youth development. Family support and structure are necessary to the development of our community’s youth. YSB offers services, which foster positive family functioning and help, lay the groundwork to build healthy, productive, individuals.
While serving as a Youth Nutrition and Physical Activity Facilitator, I coordinate physical activities using interactive sessions and incorporate information on how it can be fun to make healthy decisions about food along with being active. To ensure that the youth are developing from positive exposure, I have created a food program that introduces them to a diverse meal selection of food.
My current service project involves restructuring the present food program. As I mentioned before, I have selected food item many youth do not voluntarily eat on a regular basis. The purpose of the food program is to introduce a new taste of food to the youth’s palette as well as create a healthier meal selection that fulfills the new nutritional requirements for all Residential Childcare Institutions.
As an AmeriCorps/AIHTI member I have really enjoyed gaining practical experience by coordinating and implementing the food program. As a member I have had the opportunity to grow to understand the positive and negatives to creating a program, and why it can be timely implementing a new program. Serving as an AmeriCorps member has help confirm that being activist for public health is truly what I love to do and making a difference in the community is what I am dedicated to doing.