Leaders in Training are National Winners in AdVenture Capital Innovation Program

Photo: Roseville Area Schools students in the LIT program celebrate their accomplishment with Jose Urrutia, LIT adult youth success coach and RAHS graduate.

Leaders in Training are National Winners in AdVenture Capital Innovation Program

Roseville Area Schools students who are part of our Leaders in Training (LIT) program are national winners with their idea entitled, YOUFIT 2.0. Their innovative idea helps empower students to deal with mental health issues within a small group format and implements meditation and physical fitness within its initiative. The after-school wellness program helps students experience two phases of holistic fitness, including high-impact fun fitness (e.g., creative dance, Tae Bo, mixed martial arts, Ninja Warrior events) and self-image development (inspirational discussion on building healthy self-esteem).

"YOUFIT 2.0 will give students an experience in holistic fitness," said ninth-grade student Camille Urrutia. "We will work on emotional health, mental health, meditation, and de-stressing through fitness techniques. Our goal is to help our peers and friends develop habits of wellness."

Students in the district's LIT program were selected to take part in the nationwide AdVenture Capital Innovation program, which provides funding to student-led projects that support healthier school communities. Adventure Capital is an innovative national program of GENYOUth, focused on motivating and empowering young people to make changes in school and community health and wellness. Since 2003, more than 3,000 students and 650 schools have participated in the AdVenture Capital Innovation program.

Roseville Area Schools students in the LIT program were the youngest team in this year's contest, competing against school teams from across the nation. The team included Roseville Area Middle School (RAMS) seventh-graders Pratikshya Dahal, Nilam Koirala, Cesar Rivas and Alan Tasah, RAMS eighth-grader Lillian Leal, and Roseville Area High School ninth-grader Camille Urrutia.

The team met with volunteer corporate and business mentors and learned about creating innovative change within their community, and designed an idea they believe will make a difference within the school district. Students presented the idea in a Shark Tank-like format and will receive $1,000 to help implement their innovative idea.

This is just one example of how Roseville Area Schools students are leaders and change-makers, using their creativity and initiative to better their community.