For nine weeks during the summer months of July through August 31, 2012, we will run our annual community project. This year, we will offer our activities to the Bronx residents, particularly, those residing in the South Bronx. Through New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), we have concluded arrangements to recruit thirty Bronx’s youths - ages 14 through 21 years to work in the project. We will share useful information on health, social service, employment, education, insurance and a whole lot more. Thus, we will channel the energies of these youths into useful community projects “and keep them away from the street and troubles”. We will train and equip them with presentation skills and tools to create awareness of the risk factors for obesity and asthma. And show them how asthma – the Bronx’s worst environmental health hazard – is exacerbated by obesity. They will hold workshops and share their knowledge with others in the community.
We will involve parents as much as possible in our weekend programs and engage them in classes focused on preparing nutritious meals and shopping for healthy foods on a budget. They will be guided to prepare healthy food menus and participate in live cooking sessions, counseling, computer exercises and nutrition education.
We will muster the efforts of assortment of professionals - registered dieticians, teachers, medical doctors, nurses and other health professionals - to volunteer in the project. They will serve as workshops and seminars’ facilitators who will train the summer youth employment workers including other volunteers on an array of program issues and prepare them to directly implement the project’s activities in the community.
In the past we had collaborated with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), New York City Human Resources Administration, The National Cristina Foundation, Wellcare Inc., The Children Aid Society, South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SOBRO), Word of Life International, and Inspirational Gospel Assembly. They had provided publicity materials, personnel, funding and other resources with which we had implemented the project.
We are seeking involvement of more organizations in New York City and individuals to fund the project this year, particularly, those in food service and health industries. We need sponsors for our community fair as we have set aside August 4, 2012 for community-based organizations (CBO) to show case their activities and the services they offer. To donate or fund the project, you may wish to do so via our website or make checks payable to Christ Disciples International, Inc., 1211 Brook Avenue, Bronx, NY 10456. Christ Disciples International Ministries, Inc (CDIM) is a 501 (C) (3) organization; your donations are income tax deductible. For more information, please call the programs manager: Mark Challenger: (646) 504-6313.