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Community-Based Organizations

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If you are a community-based organization and are interested in implementing We Can!®, here are some resources to get you started.

  • We Can! Energize our Families: Parent Programpdf document icon (4.4 MB) is a curriculum for parents, available in four- and six-lesson versions. Both versions include activities that help parents encourage a healthy weight in their family. Several community sites find this curriculum to be adaptable to both parents and youth.
  • Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!® is 10-lesson curriculum funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) that focuses on helping young people ages 11 to 13 understand the connections between media and health. Media-Smart Youth is most popularly implemented in afterschool and summer camp settings.
  • CATCH Kids Club is a health education curriculum designed to motivate heart-healthy behavior in children in grades K–5 in afterschool and summer camp settings.
  • SPARK PE and SPARK After School are curricula designed to promote physical activity in youth from K through 12, and ages 5–14, respectively. The programs include curricula, training, equipment, and follow-up support components.

We Can! also offers toolkits, fact sheets, and tip sheets for parents and youth. These resources can be used with We Can! curricula or they can be handed out at community events.

Community-based organizations are getting involved in We Can! by implementing the program's components in settings such as YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and faith-based organizations. Boat People SOS—a community-based organization that offers advocacy, community organizing, and community development to immigrant families in the Vietnamese-American community—offers Media-Smart Youth and S.M.A.R.T. to local middle school students. Children In Action Sports Club in Brunswick, Georgia, hosts regular We Can! Field Days where families can participate in several activities, including jump rope, tug-of-war, flag football, batting cages, dodgeball, soccer drills, sack races, and horseshoes.

Last Updated: August 26, 2014