week 38: this week i'm gonna... promote health and fitness
Meet Ronne. Ronne has overcome some big obstacles - she grew up in a tough area of Los Angeles and did not have much support at home. She is a huge sports fan and wants to be a sports anchor someday. Ronne was the first in her family to graduate high school, and will soon be the first to attend and graduate college.
When she was in high school, Ronne participated in the Urban Fitness 911 program where she met the Founder, Veronica Everett-Boyce. Veronica took Ronne to her weekly Soul Cycle class to teach her about health and fitness. Ronne was hooked; the class immediately made her feel welcome, cheered her on, and provided a sense of community and support that she had not experienced before.
"The only Christmas presents I got were from the class. A lot of people want to help me and support me and love me, and I never had that in my life," Ronne states.
After just a few weeks of attending classes with Veronica, Ronne lost over 30 pounds. Ronne continued to improve her health with the exercise and nutritional education she received from Urban Fitness 911, and she has now lost over 100 pounds.
See more about Ronne's journey in this video:
Urban Fitness 911 was created in 2014 by Veronica Everett-Boyce and Angela Manuel Davis to address the disparity of health and fitness among teenagers in low income communities. It is a total wellness program that emphasizes lifelong exercise, healthy cooking and nutrition, academic tutoring, and inspirational experiences with amazing people and places in the community.
The program has two main components:
- High School Initiative - a six month total wellness program that offers fitness, nutrition, life coaching, tutoring, and exposure to experiences that high school students in low-income communities would not have otherwise; they provide over 100 kids with 16-20 hours of services every week.
- Common Ground - a program that brings together 100 high school students from different backgrounds to engage in bi-weekly workshops for six months to establish common ground and create a sense of unity through activities that focus on the world seen through each other’s eyes. 50 students are selected from King Drew Magnet High School (a title one school with over 85% socioeconomically disadvantaged students) and 50 students from The Buckley School (an affluent private school).
You can see more about Urban Fitness 911 in the video below.
Veronica Everett-Boyce, Founder of Urban Fitness 911, is no stranger to hardship herself. She grew up on welfare, could not read until she was in the 10th grade, and was raised by her grandmother because her mother was absent and her father committed suicide. One inspirational teacher helped Veronica see her potential, and now Veronica is in a PhD program and running a successful nonprofit organization.
Veronica has taken her struggle and turned it around, using her personal experience to coach young people to a better path, both mentally and physically.
She says, "I totally believe in the 'it takes a village' concept, in that it takes consistency, structure, courage, support, and love to begin the process of mending a wounded heart. No matter what your situation, every person deserves a chance to have success."
Notes for this week:
- National Fitness Day is September 24th!
- Our collective givetwig donation will sponsor fitness training for 50 students for 8 weeks.
- For further information regarding Urban Fitness 911, please check out their website.
this week i'm gonna donate to Urban Fitness 911.