Youth Action for Life, a team of TY students in Newtown School, have spent their first term carrying our research, forming partnerships in the community, engaging in a wide variety of fitness activities, establishing team roles and a marketing campaign for their Young Social Innovators Project.
Students are determined to get our community moving, highlighting the importance of getting a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week for adults and an hour of exercise a day for adolescents and children. Building regular exercise into your lifestyle from an early age creates good habits for later life. Exercise has been shown to reduce incidence of many illnesses including cancer and in addition, reduces cancer reoccurrences.
Having partnered up with the Solas Cancer Support Centre, students initially explored ways of getting the school community active and large numbers of students participated in the Solas Run for Life. TY students also held a cycle cinema where they created enough power to run a cinema screening by cycling bicycles and have formed a Stride for Life group to promote walking as a free, easy fitness activity. The group are organising a Youth Dance for Life Event with students and staff from Waterpark College on 6th April, in the Theatre in aid of the Solas Cancer Support Centre.
Students are now ready to expand their project and are launching an exciting campaign called Laces for Life. The idea is to turn everyone’s trainers orange with luminous laces. When people purchase the laces either for themselves or as a gift they are making a statement that they are going to promote getting active and all profits made will go directly to the Solas Cancer Support Centre.
Laces cost €3 and can be ordered in school today, Thursday, from the TY team and will be available after Christmas.
The team are planning to link with shops, leisure centres and sports clubs after Christmas to sell the laces.
All support, ideas or suggestions welcome.