Get HYPE Philly! will host 125 Philadelphia high school students from 14 area schools on Wednesday at Temple University Student Center for another HYPE Philly High School Summit. The students, who are part of HYPE councils at their schools, will come together to celebrate their accomplishments in implementing health action plans and to share resources and ideas for future work.
Get HYPE Philly!, which has held four of these summits, is now active in 16 Philadelphia high schools. HYPE stands for Healthy You, Positive Energy. Students work alongside a faculty guide to create a HYPE council, which identifies a problem related to health and wellness that is prevalent in the school. HYPE councils then create action steps to address the issues. Action plans can range from hosting a field day to boost movement to providing healthy breakfast options before school.
Once a year, students have the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals at the HYPE Philly High School Summit. Most of the day will focus on breakout sessions led by experts who will engage students in discussions about issues including water and hydration, daily movement, marketing and advertising, and gardening.
Over lunch, students will rejoin their HYPE councils and have a chance to share with their school and the group at large what they have learned from these panels and how they can incorporate new strategies into future plans.
Mariah Grant and Katrice Moses, members of the HYPE council at Franklin Learning Center, and coach Malik Tappe of Columbia North YMCA will host the event. Students will also hear performances by Sterlen Barr, a motivational rapper, and dance group Special EFX, both from Rapping About Prevention.
Partner organizations from across Philadelphia, including the Department of Public Health and Youth United for Change, as well as the 10 nonprofits that make up the Get HYPE Collective, will provide students with information and resources regarding health initiatives. The Get HYPE Collective also includes the Food Trust that runs Get HYPE Philly! and organizes the yearly summit.