The Issue: Literacy and Healthy-Living Skills for At-Risk Youth
Schools play a critical role in helping young people establish healthy behaviors, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At schools with a high percentage of students from low-income families, such as Robert Taylor Elementary School in Henderson, a structured environment focused on both youth literacy and athletic abilities can help promote personal development for at-risk youth.
The Campaign: Providing Books and Boxing Gloves for Kids
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by The Ogden Foundation to provide books and boxing gloves for elementary-school students participating in CAAMP Ogden Club, an afterschool enrichment program that incorporates reading, athletics, nutrition, and antibullying activities. For every $120 raised, The Ogden Foundation can provide one student with books and boxing gloves for the school year.
Through CAAMP Ogden Club, The Ogden Foundation promotes personal development for at-risk fifth graders at Robert Taylor Elementary School. CAAMP Ogden Club includes a Book Buddies literacy component, in which a new book is donated to the entire class each month and incorporated into the school curriculum. Participating students also take part in weekly afterschool activities such as boxing and kickboxing, which are led by community instructors in partnership with LA Boxing Anthem. These athletic programs are meant as a reward for reading efforts and help students develop healthy habits.
The Ogden Foundation
With the mantra of "leveling the playing field," The Ogden Foundation works directly with schools and area nonprofit organizations to provide academic and athletic programs for students from low-income households. Its literacy and afterschool enrichment program, known as CAAMP Ogden Club, provides classes with books to dissect through daily readings and a book report. Once a week, participating students also take part in afterschool activities such as book discussions, antibullying workshops, and boxing classes.
At the end of CAAMP Ogden Club’s weekly programs, students receive a healthy snack and drink, which program manager Stacy Smith hopes will encourage them to make better, healthier choices when they’re at home. And the students and teachers who participate in CAAMP Ogden seem to love it. As fifth-grade student Bianca G. said, "I love CAAMP Ogden. … I like how we go inside and talk about the book, eat a snack, and relax after all that exercise. I simply cannot wait to go to CAAMP Ogden."
"Seeing what we are doing is making a difference," Smith said. "It’s my hope to help set a student on a path to reach for more in life, to learn as much as they possibly can while having fun doing so, and to become an all-around healthy, happy, productive member of society."
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