Cooking Battle Culminates Summer Program

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Week five of Mission Thrive Summer culminated in the much-anticipated cooking battle, a half day competition between four teams, the Wolf People, Pandas, Elephants, and Pucks, in which each team’s lunch meal was evaluated by three judges.

Cultivating Mindfulness and Praise

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Creating a safe space, breathing deeply, and focusing on positive thoughts isn’t easy. By practicing simple mindfulness techniques, students in Mission Thrive Summer learn to deal with stress and find healthy alternatives to cope with life’s challenges.

Stretching Money, Minds, and Muscles

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In addition to farming, nutrition, and healthy cooking, Mission Thrive Summer introduces students to important life skills including money management. During week three students learned that every penny counts.

Heating Up the Kitchen

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Mission Thrive Summer participants concluded their second week by playing Rose-Bud-Thorn, an exercise in which they named their best and worst experiences of the week.

Students Dig into Healthy Living

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This week, 30 Baltimore City high school students began Mission Thrive Summer, our program designed to  empower youth with tools for making healthy decisions.

Mission Thrive Summer Crew Leaders 2016

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Mission Thrive Summer crew leaders have been farming and training for the past two weeks, and plan to spend the next five weeks working alongside the program’s youth participants by leading, teaching, and mentoring them. This year’s team includes a former student participant and a few new faces.

Nurturing a Young Health Advocate

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Participating in Mission Thrive Summer built upon Mikal’s skills and developed his social side, enabling him to become a stronger communicator and supportive team member.

Students Lead Health Expo

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To conclude their Mission Thrive Summer experience, participants presented a community health expo this week at the Rita M. Church Community Center in Clifton Park.

Thinking Before Drinking

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As Mission Thrive Summer participants learned last week, the biggest culprits are soft drinks, such as iced coffee, sodas, and sports drinks. These beverages have been found to be a top calorie source in teens’ diets.

Learning Life Skills for a Healthy, Successful Future

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Life Lab is a  life skills training aimed at helping participants in Mission Thrive Summer become productive citizens in their community. Sessions cover important parts of holding a job and being an active, leading member of a healthy community.