Our school-based fitness programs introduce
30% of NYC public high school students
are obese or overweight.
Latino (33%) and Black (32%) students have the highest
overweight and obesity rates vs. White students (18%).
Since February 2005 we have served over 1,400 high school students
We partner with schools in communities with highest obesity and diabetes rates
Can one thing change you forever?
For Kirsy, a sixteen year old participant in our Cycling Smarts program, the answer was yes. Kirsy enrolled in our cycling program at her school in the Lower East Side not knowing how to ride a bike. She was willing, however, to learn and train for ICM’s 100-mile 1-day bike Tour.
In an essay, she recalled how her legs were sore after her first bike ride across the Williamsburg Bridge and feeling that wanted to give up. That ride made her “think of the little everyday struggles people face. We go up, we go down, we are happy and we are sad.” She reflected how, “everyone deals with pain, but the important thing is to learn how to move on with that pain or sadness and not let it hinder you, like when your legs are sore from biking.” She shared that she felt much better after pushing herself. During the rest of the semester she felt happy. She was doing better in school. Her grades kept going up. She learned not to give up on herself.
Kirsy graduated high school and is attending Borough of Manhattan Community College.
I Challenge Myself thanks the following foundations and donors for investing in our youth