Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Healthy 12th Grade YELC Girls

During the first week of February our 12th grade female Youth Empowerment Leadership Community (YELC) participated in the 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Intersession program. YELC is part of the leadership intern program with our friends at Community of Unity.

This year’s YELC program was called, “Feeding your Mind, Body, and Soul.” and was a celebratory three days away from school, honoring our Young Women in their final year of High School. Each day was filled with learning, personal challenges, and so much laughter. The amazing program included juice and raw food tastings at Organic Avenue, a visit to Georgia Salon for an inter-generational conversation on beauty, hair, and self-care, and a soulful day of healthy cooking and group reflection.

What really interested me was our day focused on the Body,” writes YELC member Juanise Allen. “We spent the beginning of each day at Organic Avenue, where we talked about the importance of what goes into our body. We tasted juices that Organic Avenue offered (Grapefruit & Vegetable juice). Immediately, my body reacted and I felt completely refreshed. Having this experience really influenced me to be more cautious of what goes into my body.”

This program was another milestone in our on-going commitment to providing opportunities for our youth to explore and embrace their own health and wellness, and to make good choices that will empower them to follow their dreams and live their Song.

Special thanks to our generous partners at Georgia Salon & Organic Avenue for hosting the girls and making everything so special and so real. Additional thanks to the CofU Board of Directors , Jason & Marisa Zullin, and Audrey Orell for so generously opening her home to us once again!

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