Students from Roseville Area Schools who participate in the district’s Unity Centers Leaders in Training (LIT) program presented a winning idea during a Youth Social Innovation Series Workshop at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. As a result, the students received $1000 to bring their ideas to life within Roseville Area Schools.
Jamey Johnson, a youth leadership specialist with the district, said the students from Roseville Area Middle School and Roseville Area High School were tasked with designing an innovative project, collaborating with partners, and competing in a head-to-head pitch competition to solve health and wellness challenges in their schools.
The Roseville Unity Center LIT students designed a wellness initiative entitled, “YOUFIT 3.0.” This afterschool wellness program helps students experience three phases of holistic fitness:
- 1.0: High Impact Fun Fitness
- 2.0: Nutritional Food Demonstrations
- 3.0: Self-Image Development
“I’m very excited that as a district we are empowering our students to develop lifelong leadership skills and lead change in their schools and communities,” says Johnson, who added that the students are eligible to move on to compete for a chance to win the title of SAP's Teen Innovator and win a trip to the Super Bowl.
The Roseville Area Schools Unity Centers are funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Grant.