November 15, 2018
Americas Promise Alliance Launches Every School Healthy Campaign to Fuel Movement to Create Healthy Schools Across the Country
Driven by the belief that every student deserves a healthy school that advances their education and promotes their social, emotional, physical, and mental health, the campaign is investing $1.8 million in six communities to accelerate progress of innovative solutions that create learning environments where students can thrive. Set against a backdrop of increased student activism where students are speaking out about the challenges they face, the campaign will help accelerate on-the-ground efforts to support the social emotional needs of youth. Not meeting the social and emotional needs of youth is emerging as an identifiable barrier to academic success.
To raise awareness and spark action, Every School Healthy will also engage partner organizations and individuals to tell the stories of schools and communities working to create healthy schools. The campaign will not only highlight collaborative successes and solutions, but also amplify the voices of young people working within their schools and communities to transform them into spaces where youth can truly thrive. Through these efforts, the campaign will provide proof points and motivation to inspire more people to take action to create healthy schools in their community.
"The research is overwhelming on the connections between health, education, and youth development," said John Gomperts, President and CEO of America's Promise Alliance. "By paying close attention to students' social and emotional well-being in addition to their physical well-being, schools will see the better educational outcomes they seek and prepare students to lead longer, more fulfilling lives."
A Critical Moment for Student Success
As new research brings into focus the rippling hardships many young people experience and the increased urgency to support their healthy development, the campaign comes at a crucial moment. Key findings from this research include:
"Every child deserves to be in a school that promotes their well-being and allows them to be at their best," said Jennifer M. Ng'andu, Interim Managing Director-Program at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Sadly, this is not the reality for too many kids in America. All of us have a role to play?from families and businesses to young people themselves?in creating supportive schools that allow every child to grow, thrive, and meet the challenges of the world around them."
Supporting Innovative Solutions at the Community Level
Communities across the country are already leading on-the-ground efforts to make schools places where youth can thrive. Every School Healthy will support several of those communities, funding acceleration work in six communities (in five states) already engaged in cross-sector efforts to create healthy schools. Each acceleration site represents what is possible when organizations and schools come together to collaborate on addressing challenges standing in the way of creating healthier schools. These six sites were selected through a competitive process from a pool that included more than 145 communities from 20 states across the country, and include:
America's Promise Alliance is leading the Every School Healthy campaign in partnership with ChildObesity180, Communities In Schools, FoodCorps, National Association of Community Health Centers, and Turnaround for Children. The Every School Healthy campaign is a part of Together for Healthy and Successful Schools, a collaborative initiative working to advance the vision that all schools support education and health. Together for Healthy and Successful Schools is comprised of America's Promise Alliance, Child Trends, and Healthy Equity Works at Washington University in St. Louis, and it is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
For more information about Every School Healthy, please visit our website at EverySchoolHealthy.org.
America's Promise Alliance leads more than 450 organizations, communities, and individuals dedicated to making the promise of America real for every child. For more information, visit www.AmericasPromise.org.
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