For the past 3 years, SOSMentor has worked with youth from South Bay 1 Stop as part of their Fit For Gold program, a work-training program that enables high school students to earn money and high school credit while mentoring younger children.
Nutritionist and SOSMentor staff member Dana Griffis, teacher Grace Fabian, and athletic trainer Billy Locke led the 8-hour training session, held on October 29, 2011 at Hawthorne High School.
Hawthorne Community Television (HCTV) covered the day’s events as 65 students learned about basic nutrition, MyPlate, and the importance of eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Students also participated in a physical activity workshop – complete with ladder drills, games, and lots of laughs.
Javar, a student from Hawthorne Math & Science Academy, said his motivation for joining the program was his desire to help younger kids – like his little cousins. SOSMentor and South Bay 1 Stop are equipping students like Javar with knowledge and leadership training so they can be positive role models in their families and community.