Youth Advocates Breonne Bailey and Kourtney Jones presented the details regarding the process of attaining the Brita Hydration Station. Both the softball field hydration station and the Brita Hydration Station in Building A were secured through the work of the Day One Youth Advocates funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Champions for Change. Youth Advocates assessed all the water fountains at school, documenting appearance, taste, and quality of water. They also collected peer survey data and photos for a Photovoice project, where students used photography to tell a story about their community environments from their perspective to gain support for their hydration station project.
The expressed interest in these innovative hydration stations stem from the nutrition education youth have received through the Day One Champions for Change program, which teaches the importance of youth engagement in preventing obesity and obesity related illnesses in the community. Following the Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) model, youth engage in leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving, and community based research to address an identified issue related to consumption and access to healthy foods and beverages, as well as physical activity opportunities in their environment.
Muir students have expressed how grateful they are for the new hydration stations. Many of them have increased their water consumption since the installation, and are even willing to wait in line to refill their water bottles during lunch and afterschool. Day One Youth Advocates are working hard to make hydrations stations available at all PUSD schools.
Day One is proud of the Day One Youth Advocates for their leadership and advocacy in promoting healthy lifestyles in their schools and their community.