Building Healthier Youth

through Successful Partnerships with Schools

Schools are considered ideal settings for advancing health and wellness initiatives for youth. Most youth attend schools, most schools have resources for health and wellness, and most schools are located in communities with park and recreation agencies. National frameworks even exist for school health and school physical activity where community engagement is identified as a key component for building healthier generations of youth. The challenge is how. How can park and recreation professionals successfully engage and partner with schools to collectively support health and wellness initiatives for youth?

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify 3 strategies for successfully engaging schools to collectively promote health & wellness among youth.
  • Identify ways to overcome barriers for engaging schools.
  • Identify new opportunities to successfully partner with schools in your community.
  • Describe at least 2 case examples shared through the session.