The Issue: Lack of Proper Nutrition in Underserved Families
When families face financial constraints, they often find themselves unable to afford nutritious meals—a limitation that effects the youngest members of the family most. In 2009, 13% of children in Chandler lived below the poverty level. Many went to bed hungry at night because the last meal of the day would be the one they received at school. Yet, according to a CNN article, even a short period of improper nutrition can lead to deficits in learning and behavior all the way through high school. To help, some after-school programs have begun providing nutritional supplements.
The Campaign: Providing Healthy Snacks for Students After School
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by ICAN to provide nutritious snacks for participants in its after-school program. For every $250 raised, ICAN will be able to provide a snack for roughly 300 students. Students ages 5–19 enjoy a nutritious snack upon arrival to the program, then take part in two 60-minute rotations where they learn about substance abuse and gang involvement, as well as yoga, photography, and math. Summer sessions, on the other hand, last all day to help keep youth off the streets, providing a nutritious lunch during every session.
In 1991, Chandler youth were constantly in the news. Gang members were killing other gang members, turning children into statistics. Frustrated by the violence, Henry Salinas sought out gang leaders to ask why they spent their time on the streets instead of at youth centers. As a result of what he learned, he founded ICAN—Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods—a free program set in local parks and gymnasiums, designed to keep youth active and making more of their lives.
Today, ICAN continues this mission on a larger scale. ICAN's youth programs include homework help, job-skills development, non-traditional learning programs, and social and leadership development. Recently, its Peer Leaders program filmed a public service announcement to point out the dangers of drug use by comparing it to shoe licking, according to an article in AZ Central. A group of teens took part in the project, which will appear before every film for the next four weeks at Harkins theaters in the Chandler Fashion Center and Chandler Crossroads.
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