K to A: Girls Leading Amazing Missions – GLAM Girls Groups
Our youth and school community of Sutherland Elementary School determined the need to create GLAM (Girls Leading Amazing Missions) Girls Groups (Junior and Senior Groups) for 90 students, ages 9-13 years at Sutherland Elementary School in Saskatoon. This project focused on prevention and promoting activities and themes focused on health and wellness, with a special emphasis on: student school engagement through physical activity, nutrition education, mental health and community service/engagement. “[S]tudents who embrace[d] healthy eating and nutrition as a lifestyle [experienced] positive peer socialization, belonging, improved self-esteem, sense of pride, improved behaviours
and overall mental [health].”
“Students [also] embraced the hands-on learning outside of the classroom and provided community service for others in their community.” Partnership and collaboration between the community and school were strengthened by this initiative as described by one staff member: “Volunteers from our initiative continue to assist and support our school
community on a daily basis, whether it be our breakfast program or reading/tutoring to a student. This enhances sustainability and a community of support for our students and families.” The students, volunteers, and staff hosted also school-wide fresh food buffet for 400+ students, staff, and volunteers.
Additionally, due to this initiative there was an increase in “[s]tudents and families participating that do not traditionally participate in activities at school or in the community due to barriers of poverty, transportation, and childcare issues. The initiative was able to eliminate these barriers for our most vulnerable and at-risk youth and their families.”