Fit Youth Initiative
The Fit Youth Initiative (FYI) is a community center collaboration with the goal of creating a long-term impact in the healthy lifestyle choices of its participants through fitness programs and nutrition education. Since its inception in 2014, FYI has grown to reach over 900 youth and their families, providing active options, recreational activities, and increasing their physical activity levels and consumption of healthy foods.
Core programming components:
- Physical literacy: develop abilities, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life
- Holistic development: Integrate social-emotional, academic, and life skill development into programming
- Equitable opportunities to engage all youth
- Youth Voice: involve youth in program planning and implementation
- Family Engagement
Mission: an equitable sports-based youth development program that develops character, confidence, and coachable qualities to empower youth to lead in our community.
FYI Purgolders provides opportunities for 4th-8th grade youth to participate in team sports. FYI Littles provides opportunities for our youngest players (4K-3rd grade) to learn athletic skills, with a focus on fun and balanced play for all participants.
Scholarships are available for all programs to help with season fees.
FYI is currently offered at four consortium partner sites:
- East Madison Community Center
- Goodman Community Center
- Kennedy Heights Community Center
- Vera Court Community Center
Centers imbed FYI programming into their out-of-school time programs. Example programming includes:
- Swimming lessons
- Outdoor Education & Fishing
- SPARK physical education curriculum
- Nutrition Education: cooking, mindfulness, safety, nutrition knowledge, food source
- Multi-sport exposure such as: pickle ball, basketball, soccer, baseball, golf, and more
- Inter-site sports leagues and events
The FYI program has employment opportunities for high school teens age 14 and older working with youth in a fun environment while gaining valuable employment skills.
- A variety of opportunities exist including:
- Coaching for our youth sports teams
- Working with our Community Center programs during the summer, such as supporting canoeing and fishing programming
- Paid training on employment skills such as resumes and interviewing & skill development for working with youth
- Flexible hours based on programming
- No previous job experience necessary