June 2013 The YDS organization has engagemed in a major partnership withBrooklyn Center Community Schools, Northwest Resources for Families and Hennepin County to support Brooklyn Center’s Community Healthy Hub. Collectively, we hope to help residents, youth and families become healthier and improve the quality of their lives. As part of this partnership, we will be holding our 3rdAnnual Move More Eat Better, Community Health & Fitness Fair, participating in school and community health programs with our Healthy Habits Land and conducting a series of community health forums on a variety of topics.
April 2013 YDS leadership Program "Youth Leaders of Change"(YLC) is leading a University of Minnesota health disparities grant, that focuses on using social media to communicate and motivate their peers to adopt healthier lifstyles; nutrition, fitness and social behaviors.
America spends 270 billion dollars annually on obesity. 23% of Minnesota kids are obese. According to the “Center for Disease Control”, many children are suffering from preventable obesity-related conditions such as asthma, diabetes, mental health, and other health related issues that seriously impact their ability to successfully learn in school. They have determined that the roots of obesity are related to youths’ lack of safe places for fitness activities and accessibility to healthy foods.
According to the “Minneapolis Blueprint for Action”, youth violence since 2006 has declined due to the increased number of high-quality community-based youth programs, services and opportunities that include leadership training. These organizations and their leaders are needed to deter youth from violence and direct them toward positive alternatives.
YDS launches the country's 1st year-round youth health, wellness & obesity program
On January 30, YDS launched our Kids 4 Health Program (K4H), the country's first comprehensive youth health and obesity program, that combines; pediatricians, dietitians, yoga instructors,and trainers. The program integrates year-round Health and Nutrition education, along with regular structured fitness activities for youth and parents. The program also creates long term youth involvement opportunities through our youth leadership component and track & field component.
YDS's comprehensive approach includes research who's goal is community rooted, based upon determining the best practices in developing healthy vibrant youth, by studying the results of direct impact service organizations like YDS, versus youth service organizations that take general indirect approach to attain the same goals.
YDS thanks Henry Crosby and Matt Kjorstad and is proud to partner with YMCA & North Minneapolis and looking forward to a great partnership opportunity and shared resources.
YDS welcomes and is very excited about our new partnership with Brooklyn Center High School, this partnership includes shared programming that fills YDS gaps and usage of outstanding facilities, thanks much to Keith Lester, Julie Troung and Kristin Gast.
YDS welcomes Dr. Tonya Brown to lead Obesity Program
Dr. Tonya Brown has joined the YDS Board of Directors. Dr. Brown will lead the Obesity Program and recruit new members to the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will consist of health care professionals, community leaders, youth members and young adults to guide and provide expertise in the health and obesity programming.
YDS Sponsored - Red Cross Blood Drive Helped Save a Life
On the evening of December 23, 2008, the Mid-America Division helped save the life of a patient at the University of Minnesota. The patient had massive bleeding. Initially, uncrossmatched units were released for transfusion but when the hospital blood bank staff realized the patient had two historical antibodies, the units were not given.
Using historical antigen typing information provided by the Reference Lab, they were able to locate, confirm the antigen types of units in their inventory and transfuse. In the meantime, the Red Cross received an order for four units at 8:40 p.m. Three previously tagged O Negative K-Fy(a-) were sent STAT. Additional units were confirmed and sent STAT. Mass screening and confirmation followed. By 11:30 p.m., 18 units were sent just as the patient needed more.
Our Red Cross Representative informed us that blood drawn earlier that day at the YDS sponsored Blood Drive were units used to save her life.
Thank you to Youth Determined to Succeed volunteers and donors! You helped save someone’s life!
YDS will be introducing new obesity and youth leadership programs. Check back for more program and registration information. Information should be posted mid spring.
YDS is currently seeking community partners to co-sponsor events and strategic opportunities for the youth leadership program. To schedule volunteering events contact Melvin Anderson at MelvinA@youthdetermined.org .
AAU Junior Olympic Games 2009 Tournament Information
AAU Junior Olympic Games DesMoines, Iowa Multi-Events: August 1-2, 2009 Track & Field: August 3-8, 2009
Come see why Drake Stadium is the place to compete! $15.6 million has been spent on renovations of Drake Stadium since the 2004 AAU Junior Olympic Games were last hosted in Des Moines.
Drake Stadium is one of the fastest tracks in the world, featuring a Mondo Super X surface.
The throws venue is adjacent to the track so coaches, parents and fans can view both.
A new video scoreboard flashes results as the runners finish.
Drake Stadium hosted the 2008 NCAA Division I Track & Field National Championships.
Drake is one of the sites under consideration for future Olympic trials.
Every seat in the stadium is new. The concessions, restrooms, press box and food court were remodeled during the renovation. Visit aaujrogames.org to find information on qualifying, entries and housing as well as booking hotel rooms for the 2009 AAU Junior Olympic Games.
For more information on area attractions, restaurants, entertainment and maps visit SeeDesMoines.com.
Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau 400 Locust Street • Suite 265 • Des Moines, IA • 50309 (800) 451-2625 • Fax: (515) 244-9757
Congratulations to Elise Anderson on being selected to receive the 2008 USATF Minnesota Female Athlete of the year Award!!!!
Come join the celebration and support Elise at the first annual Minnesota Awards Celebration!
The event will take place on Saturday, February 21, starting at 7:00 pm Braemar Golf Course/Country Club 6364 John Harris Drive Edina, MN 55439
The event will be FREE to USATF Minnesota members. There will be a $10 fee for non-member guests. The evening includes award presentations to Youth, Officials, Track & Field, Race Walk and Long Distance Running Runner of the Year age group and team awards. Buffet and cash bar.
This will be a celebration of some of Minnesota's finest athletes and will be a great experience for the athletes! Congratulations on being selected to receive this award.