Sloan Holmes

Third Place

Prize Awarded:
West High School
Bakersfield, CA

Project Description:

Holmes' "Positive Youth Development Program" is a health advocacy project that improves the overall well-being of students at West High and surrounding elementary schools. The campus-wide project involves various activities: health fair, the creation of a tobacco- and drug-prevention mural, campaigns to promote healthier diets, a performing arts festival, and a suicide prevention program. The project also includes trained Student Health Advocates and the creation of the Tobacco Prevention Puppets, aimed at K-2 students. As the West High students enhance their school environment and build relationships with teachers and each other, they improve general health knowledge and develop strong feelings of connection and belonging.