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Florida Hospital for Children

Fit is provided through the Florida Hospital for Children's Healthy 100 Kids, a comprehensive pediatric wellness initiative with the goal of giving kids the best chance of living to a healthy 100. It approaches each aspect of physical and mental wellbeing, not only for children and teens, but also for the family unit when household support is needed to affect change.

100 Black Men of America

100 Black Men was founded as an organization in New York City in 1963. The national organization, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., began with nine chapters in 1986 as a national alliance of leading African American men of business, public affairs and government with a mission to improve the quality of life for African Americans, particularly African American youth. Today, under the direction of Albert E. Dotson, Jr., the organization has 116 chapters in the United States, England and the Caribbean.

1st Due New

1st Due Fit was formed to help reduce the Line of Duty Deaths within the Fire Service Caused by Cardiovascular Issues. Through education of fellow firefighters in the important subjects of Nutrition And Physical Fitness training to reduce these preventable deaths and help change the fire service to a healthier better fit providing service.

555 Fitness

555 Fitness is a firefighter run charity's who's main goal is to reduce firefighter line of duty deaths related to cardiac events through fitness. Each day we provide workouts free of charge on our Facebook, instagram and web page.

Action for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids addresses childhood undernourishment, obesity and prevention by working with schools to help kids learn to eat right and be active every day. This focus is because of the unique position and influence that schools have on children and their families, in addition to their responsibility to provide nutrition and physical education and their many opportunities to promote healthy eating and active living. Action for Healthy Kids partners with families, community members, professionals and business to support schools in this effort.

ACTIVE Life

ACTIVE Life's mission is to make healthy the norm by generating a persistent demand for healthy living among all sectors of society. ACTIVE Life is creating an American culture which values, demands and supports healthy for all. To accomplish this goal, we are organizing the movement for healthy change by enlisting and equipping people and places to build and sustain healthy communities.

Activity Tree

The seed for ActivityTree was planted in 2008 and, after only a few years, we are proud to be the largest online resource for U.S. parents to find information on ONLY kid's classes, camps, sports leagues, party places and fun spots. Our mission is to make it easy and affordable to get our nation's children active in both body and mind. We offer parents an extensive, user-friendly marketplace to find activity information. Search by zip code, city or activity. We have deals!

Adventure to Fitness

Adventure to Fitness is an innovative program for kids to explore the world while they learn and get fit.  By combining engaging videos that get kids up and moving with supplemental resources, Adventure to Fitness offers a fun, low-cost solution for any school or home, requiring minimal training or equipment.  Developed with educational, medical, and parenting experts, Adventure to fitness has been one of the fastest-growing products in the U.S. school system and currently reaches up to 10 million kids each week.

ASYMCA

The YMCA’s dedication to America’s armed forces began in 1861 when a handful of members voluntarily provided relief services to Civil War soldiers. Today, the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) enriches the quality of life for our service members at more than 150 program centers around the world by providing educational, recreational, social and religious support services to junior enlisted military personnel and their families.

Body Works

BodyWorks is a program designed to help parents and caregivers of adolescents improve family eating and activity habits. Available in English and Spanish, the program focuses on parents as role models and provides them with hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to prevent obesity and help maintain a healthy weight.

Boosterthon Fun Run

The Boosterthon Fun Run is the preferred fundraising choice for America's top schools. More than just a fundraiser, Boosterthon's mission is to "Change the World" by strengthening schools and impacting the next generation through fitness, leadership, and character. Boosterthon hosts health and fitness events, as well as produces entertaining character resources with a positive message that include books, music, videos and more.

Camp Shane

Camp Shane is celebrating nearly 50 years as the longest-running weight loss program for children and teens. With the expansion of satellite camps across the country (Arizona, California, Georgia, New York, Texas and Wisconsin), a not-for-profit camp for underprivileged children (Shane Cares), and the addition of the renowned Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts for adults, Shane Camps & Resorts truly reaches out to all who strive to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Daily Burn

DailyBurn Tracker provides best-in-class fitness plans, nutritional tracking, and social motivation to help you reach YOUR health and fitness goals.

Dance Towards Health

Dance Towards Health, Inc. (DTH) is a health education program created  to offer a non-competitive environment where participants feel comfortable engaging in recreational dance workshops, healthy and low-cost cooking demonstrations, and stress management techniques. The program was designed around the premise that utilizing dance would attract participants that already love to dance, as well as individuals who do not enjoy traditional methods of exercise. 

DC Scores

For people who believe in a well-rounded childhood, DC SCORES has a quality, team-based approach providing youth with the arts, athletics, and academics that will engage, enrich, and improve their lives. DC SCORES builds teams through after-school programs for 1,500 low-income DC youth at 47 schools by instilling self-expression, physical fitness, and a sense of community. DC SCORES accomplishes this in an innovative model combining poetry and spoken word, soccer, and service-learning year-round, and has worked with over 8,000 students since its founding in 1994.

Every Inch Matters

Every Inch Matters® identifies both the movement and the new waistline measure that's central to reining in bulging waistlines and preventing and stemming the Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease epidemics. Similarly, this tape provides important information for those currently dealing with these health conditions. According to Mullins, "This simple little tool can be the turning point for anyone in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle."

Firefighter Throwdown

The Firefighter Throwdown addresses the prevailing problem in the fire industry of obesity and related heart attacks and stroke. This athletic competition targets and attracts firefighters internationally. The pillars of the event are firefighter health, wellness, nutrition and exercise as it relates to safety, job performance and quality of life. The Throwdown serves as a stage, to prove by example, for other firefighters, that health, wellness, nutrition and exercise are not only desirable, but necessary, in order to be a successful and safe firefighter.

FitBound

Fitbound is a fitness and health company for children. Fitbound challenges children to improve their physical fitness, motivates participants to practice what they have learned at home, and teaches children about a variety of health and nutrition topics. Fitbound challenges participants daily to be fit and healthy in three of the most important environments in a child's life: school, home, and community.

fitwize4kids

The Nation's First Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Center Just For Kids, our nutrition, health, and fitness programs are specifically designed to meet the physiological needs of adolescent and pre-adolescent bodies, in a fun, exciting environment. Fitwize 4 Kids is helping to fight childhood obesity and inactivity in an environment where kids learn how to live a healthy lifestyle!

Focused Fitness

Focused Fitness is an educator-founded organization with a passion for providing children and youth with the knowledge and skills to be fit, healthy and active for life. Focused Fitness delivers the tools, resources, technology and training that empower educators to integrate health and nutrition concepts into fun, movement-based activities. For over a decade, Focused Fitness has been a trusted source for standards-based PreK-12 Physical Education curriculum resources, software, as well as nutrition and activity programs.

Fork and Hose

Fork and Hose Co. is an online community for firefighters to share meal pictures and recipes.  We try to feature as many healthy dishes as possible because the biggest killer of firefighters is cardiac related incidents.  Through diet and fitness we can lower these statistics and perform our job more efficiently.

Gen YOUth Foundation

Gen YOUth Foundation was established to create a movement that inspires youth to change their behavior. Over the past ten years, we have witnessed explosive growth in the number of children identified as overweight or obese. Gen YOUth Foundation works with leaders in health, business, government and communities nationwide to develop and support programs that create lasting change in the child health and wellness arena.

Girls Health Ed

Girls Health Ed. is a volunteer-based organization with locations in Washington, DC, Baltimore, NYC, Los Angeles and Denver. Through after-school workshops, we educate girls and young women between ages 8 and 17 on their overall health to enable lifelong, empowered decision-making. Our volunteers, called 'teaching fellows,' focus on key areas wellness, such as nutrition, body image, physical fitness, personal care/hygiene and reproductive health.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a nationwide nonprofit organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through a curriculum teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons that creatively integrate running. Girls sharpen their independent thinking skills, celebrate their unique strengths and realize their power to make a difference in the world. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k run—an experience that unleashes their confidence and establishes a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Good Sports

Good Sports distributes sports equipment, footwear, and apparel to community organizations offering programs to disadvantaged youth helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles.

GrizzFIT

GrizzFIT aims to promote a healthy lifestyle by encouraging people in the Mid-South to make healthy food choices and exercise regularly. This unique program has two main points of emphasis: To encourage high school students to eat a healthy breakfast and to encourage families to be active together to promote physical fitness.

Guard Your Health

Guard Your Health (www.guardyourhealth.com) is a health and medical readiness campaign for Army National Guard Soldiers and their families sponsored by the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s Office. Guard Your Health provides Army National Guard Soldiers with the information, motivation, and support to overcome challenges and make healthy decisions for themselves, their families, and their units.

HealthCorps

HealthCorps®, a proactive health movement is fighting the obesity and mental resilience crisis by getting American students and communities across the country to take charge of their health.

Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives

Calling all educators! Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives provides FREE, easy-to-use activities that teach K-6 students about being healthy. Click here to learn more.

HOPSports

HOPSports, Inc. is a global health and wellness network reaching classrooms, schools, homes, workplaces and community centers. This research based and cost-effective solution uses its innovative, digital platform to combine physical activity, education and entertainment.

Ih8exercise.com

ih8exercise.com aims to make exercise simpler, safer, and more enjoyable for the millions of Americans who want to be more physically active and like it more. Our goal is to contribute to ending the epidemic of sedentary lifestyle using realistic solutions to making exercise a regular part of more people's lives and a sense of humor.

International Food Information Council Foundation

Our mission is to effectively communicate science-based information about health, food safety and nutrition for the public good. The Foundation is focused on providing solutions that can help families lead healthy and active lives, including healthful eating and active living websites for children Kidnetic.com and their families, as well as for health professionals and educators.

JAM (Just-a-Minute) School Program

The JAM School Program is a free resource for schools that brings physical activity and health education to the classroom. JAM offers a one-minute classroom energizer called JAMmin' Minute, an athlete-featured 5-minute routine called JAM Blast, and a monthly Health-E-tips newsletter.

KaBOOM

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives.

LEAP4LIFE

LEAP4LIFE is a one of a kind integrated engagement program, which brings together social media, personal teaching, loyalty technology and a vast rewards suite, to deliver a proactive approach to preventative healthcare management.

Leveling the Playing Field

Did you know that 1 in 5 underserved families are not getting their kids involved in youth sports because of the price of sporting equipment?  Leveling the Playing Field collects and distributes used/excess sporting equipment to underserved youth in the DC/Baltimore area so that they can get off the sidelines and into the game!

Mackey Attack Fitness

Our mission is to Educate, Motivate, and Inspire individuals to overcome any ‘excuse’ that may have held them back in the past.  Our goal is to always provide value and outstanding service, regardless of one's fitness level and provide the tools to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Mackey Attack Fitness Lifestyle increases confidence; gives tremendous pride in accomplishments and great joy from achieving fitness goals!

MetroHealth

The Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center is a place for children and families to participate in nutrition, fitness and wellness classes that promote lifelong healthy living. The wellness center offers free opportunities on MetroHealth's main campus as well as in the schools and community centers.

Miss Virginia

Rosemary Willis, a rising Senior at the College of William and Mary, grew up as an athlete and now is a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. She serves as Miss Virginia 2012 as part of the Miss America Organization, the largest scholarship provider to women in the world. Rosemary travels thousands of miles each month throughout Virginia to promote her platform of living a healthy and active lifestyle, and is passionate about helping people from all walks of life come together to achieve their fitness and nutrition goals.

MODAvate Center

We are a sanctuary for women to renew, restore and reconnect with self. We pride ourselves in offer the very best Jazzercise classes instructed by very talented and caring certified instructors. Our yoga classes are lead by a multi-talented gal who leads with her heart. Our studio offers a very inviting, warm and energetic ambiance that has women coming back daily!

Muuvit

Muuvit is a successful elementary school programme with Finnish origins and it inspires children to adopt healthier lifestyles and to enjoy learning. The programme is based on the work of the Young Finland Association, a charity which has been promoting healthy lifestyles for Finnish children for over 20 years. Founded at the beginning of 2011, Muuvit Health and Learning Oy Ltd. is in charge of the international operations and partnerships.

National Afterschool Association

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.  NAA exists to inspire, connect, and equip professionals who meet this critical need for young people.   Our mission is to foster development, provide education, and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community.

National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space.

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization. We work with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to protect and restore wildlife habitat, confront global warming and connect with nature.

New Way Fitness

NewWayFitness, understanding the challenges many parents face to keep their family physically active in today’s world, gives them the tools they need to maintain healthy family physical activity levels while controlling sedentary viewing time. The best part of all, it’s all done using technology so constant parent intervention is not required!

NFL Play 60

The NFL PLAY 60 campaign is designed to tackle childhood obesity by getting kids active through in-school, after school and team-based programs, online child-targeted outreach on NFLRUSH.com, and many partnerships with like-minded organizations.

Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project

Now Next Dance cultivates creativity, leadership, and wellness in and through contemporary dance. We offer summer camps, after-school programs, and in-school residencies wherein we use our touchstones of Action, Support, Curiosity, Challenge, and Resilience to link the rich physical and creative experience of dance training with life and leadership skills.

OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits

OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits is making a difference in the health and lives of thousands of children and adults 50-plus across the United States. This innovative evidence-based afterschool and summer camp program unites children in grades K to 5 with trained, caring adult volunteers, age 50-plus, to adopt lifelong healthy nutrition and physical activity habits to improve health and prevent obesity. Funded by WellPoint Foundation, OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits is based on the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH), a nationally recognized evidence-based physical activity/nutrition curriculum.

Outdoor Nation

Outdoor Nation (ON) is a non-profit founded by a community of Outsiders dedicated to reconnecting millennials with the outdoors. We host Summits around the country, award grants for outstanding project ideas, lead outdoor outings, work with youth, and connect with others like us - all in an effort to mobilize a movement to get our generation outside

Paul Pierce's The Truth on Health

Boston Celtics captain and 2008 NBA Finals MVP Paul "The Truth" Pierce and his foundation, The Truth Fund, launched The Truth on Health Campaign to help empower and encourage young people to lead healthier lifestyles. The Truth on Health includes an awareness campaign and sustainable programming for young people to live healthy lifestyles - incorporating physical fitness and healthy eating, and encouraging a commitment/pledge of 60 minutes per day dedicated to physical activity.

Peaceful Playgrounds

Peaceful Playgrounds is an evidence-based physical activity program that decreases playground injuries, decreases bullying, and increases children's physical activity levels. It won the 2010 Innovative product award and is rated Best in Class by Action for Healthy Kids.

Penn State Better Kid Care

Better Kid Care's  On Demand distance education program assists child care providers in obtaining research-based professional development and is accepted by most states for licensing or quality rating requirements.

PHIT America

PHIT America  is a non-profit educational, social media, and advocacy campaign focused on overcoming the inactivity and obesity crisis in America by creating a Movement for a Fit & Healthy America. Fueled by 150 companies, sports ambassadors and celebrities,  PHIT America is dedicated to getting Americans more active, fit and healthy.

PlayCore

PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, programs, and partnerships. They infuse this learning into a complete family of brands. PlayCore combines best in class planning and education programs with a comprehensive array of recreation products to create solutions that match the unique needs of each community they serve.

Playground Professionals

Playground Professionals is a publishing and marketing company that promotes the play and playground industries in a non-biased format through print and internet resources. PGP publishes Playground Magazine as a print and online magazine, which has a 13 year history.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s mission is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. 

Road Runners Club of America

The Road Runners Club of America is the national association of running clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise. The RRCA's mission is to represent and promote the common interests of its member clubs, events, and individual runners through education, leadership, programs and other services.

SHAPE

SHAPE America's (Society of Health and Physical Educators) mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport.

SPARK

SPARK is a research-based, public health organization dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote lifelong wellness. SPARK strives to improve the health of children and adolescents by disseminating evidence-based physical activity and nutrition programs that provide curriculum, staff development, follow-up support, and equipment to teachers of Pre-K through 12th grade students. SPARK is committed to providing outstanding customer satisfaction through timely delivery and exceptional service.

Special Olympics

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

SweatCity Fitness

At Sweat City, our focus is split into 2 areas: fitness training for adults and athletic development for youths and teens.  Our fitness classes are outdoor boot camp style and concentrate on cardio, strength, and core/abs training.  Our athletic development trainers work with teams, clubs, and individuals in LA and Orange County to help athletes improve their speed, strength, and agility

The ANNIKA Foundation

The ANNIKA Foundation teaches children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offers aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. The Foundation has partnered with SPARK, the award-winning physical education program for schools, and Florida Hospital's Healthy 100 Kids initiative to promote its physical fitness and nutrition initiatives.

The Mend Foundation

The MEND Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire children, families and adults to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives - with a focus on changing the behaviors that cause overweight and obesity. Over 30,000 participants in 5 countries have already benefitted from attending a MEND Program, an evidence-based healthy lifestyle program for 7-13 year-olds and their families. MEND 7-13 is currently being run in diverse communities across the US, in partnership with YMCAs and other community-based organizations.

The National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space.

The Outdoor Foundation

The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 established by Outdoor Industry Association to inspire and grow future generations of outdoor enthusiasts.

The Road Runners Club of America

The Road Runners Club of America is the national association of running clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise. The RRCA’s mission is to represent and promote the common interests of its member clubs, events, and individual runners through education, leadership, programs and other services.

The Women's Sports Foundation

The Women's Sports Foundation-the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports-advocates for equality, educates the public, conducts research and offers grants to promote sports and physical activity for girls and women.

Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, the Women's Sports Foundation builds on her legacy as a champion athlete, advocate of social justice and agent of change. We strive for gender equity and fight discrimination in sports.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has been providing vital programs and services for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility for nearly 160 years. We are one of the largest social service agencies serving Washington, DC, suburban Maryland, and northern Virginia, having touched the lives of 265,000 people last year through our 17 branches and program centers. The Y is committed to growing our community and ensuring that everyone has access to spiritual, mental, and physical growth, regardless of their ability to pay.

Thunder Hill Nature Park

The Thunder Hill Park Alliance, a 501 (c ) 3 non profit organization was formed by a group of community leaders who were concerned about the outcome a 300 acre farm in the center of the new community, Columbia, Md. Columbia has grown to be one of the most successful new communities in the universe. Many of us have a long history in the development of this place. We formed a Park Alliance, received some money from a local Foundation and hired a world famous Children's Landscape Architect to come here and take a look. Thunder Hill Nature Park is his gift to our city. 

Tumble Gym Bus

Tumble Gym Bus offers a mobile gymnastics program for preschool-aged children in San Diego. The classes INSIDE the bus are action-packed and fully-interactive, while promoting the importance of healthy living. Our curriculum teaches the fundamentals of gymnastics with music, dance and games.​​  We offer in-house field trips, birthday parties, play groups, weekly classes, and company events!

U.S. Soccer Foundation

The mission of the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States with a special emphasis on underserved communities. We view soccer as a powerful vehicle for social change. By supporting the development of places to play, places to grow and places to learn, our goal is to ensure that children in underserved communities have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.

Uncle Wiley's

Uncle Wiley's Healthy Cooking Ingredients and Recipes, Salad Jazz Seasonings!

United for D.C.

United for D.C. is committed to champion educational, health, and recreational programs and events that serve disadvantaged youth of greater Washington, DC by engaging the resources and skills of D.C. United and our community. Through the foundations 3 signature programs, United Soccer Club, United Reads, and Kicks for Kids, area youth with little or no resources are able to participate in a free after school soccer program, receive both new books and a reading and healthy lifestyles program in the classroom, and have the opportunity to attend a D.C. United game at no cost.

United States Tennis Association

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and tennis is a great way to get your kids active! A USTA Free Tennis Play Day can serve as a great event to sample tennis with the extra excitement and benefit of the USTA’s association with Nickelodeon! Kids will have the opportunity to play tennis as well as participate in a variety of tennis skills activities. Play Days are designed to give kids additional court time in a fun, low-pressure, non-elimination setting where they can continue to develop and enhance their skills.

Walking Classroom

The Walking Classroom is a national award-winning education program that provides students with an innovative way to get exercise without sacrificing instructional time.  Students listen to kid-friendly educational podcasts, that align to educational standards for 4th and 5th graders, while walking as a group.   The program’s “Walk, Listen and Learn” methodology capitalizes on the favorable link between exercise and cognitive function, and kids and teachers love it!

YMCA of Greater Richmond

The Y is a diverse organization of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.

Youth Fitness Coalition

The Youth Fitness Coalition (YFC) is a New Jersey-based non-profit organization committed
to combating childhood obesity by making exercise programs fun and by educating
children, parents and teachers about the importance of lifelong fitness
and making healthy lifestyle choices.  The YFC's signature program Project ACES, an acronym for
All Children Exercise Simultaneously has been recognized in the media and Ripley' Believe It or Not
as 'The World's Largest Exercise Class'.

Youth Movement

Youth Movement is an initiative that was developed by the Health & Wellness Committee of the 100 Black Men, in 2002. This comprehensive youth program promotes health, fitness and mentoring to children ages 4 to 18. We sponsor year-round track and field clinics, health screenings, nutrition education, character development and life skills workshops. The goal of Youth Movement is to improve the health and well being of marginalized children, and to help insure their success.