Believe the HYPE –

On Jan. 8, students from Fairfield County schools participated in Fairfield Behavioral Health Service’s Healthy Young People Empowerment Project (HYPE) training, a youth empowerment initiative partnership between FBHS, Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina (ESMMSC) and Eat Smart, Move More Fairfield County. Students used a modified version of PhotoVoice to capture barriers in their community to healthy eating and physical activity from their perspective. After reviewing and categorizing their photos, they identified “Lack of Safe Places for Physical Activity/Play” as their problem focus area. At their next session, the group will use an audit tool to assess their community and further explore the problem focus area. The results from their assessment will help them identify a specific HYPE project.

Pictured (standing): FBHS Adult Advisor Veronica Edmonds, students Katelyn Banks, Jada Butler, Vernon Kennedy Jr., Zarretrious Evans, Joyous Crosby, Eunique Wilson, Malik Harvey, Youth Coordinator Trimease Carter (ESMMSC), Adult Advisors Cheryl Y. Goodwin and Kennedy Robertson (FBHS); (front Kneeling): Monterrius Seabrook, Cody McGauley, Christian Gordon, Semaj Whitener and Kenious Boyles.