Parkdale Healthy Youth Initiative: Fostering Health and Prosperity

Question posed: How might we design a combination of place and expe- rience to promote physical/mental/sociological health, enrich the environment, and engage equitable social community?

Student - Akar
Akar attends Holy Family Catholic School and is in grade 5. Her parents immigrated to the South Parkdale neighborhood in 2005. Akar is a mature and kind person for a child her age. She tends to be shy around strangers but becomes friendly once warmed up to. She is quite respon- sible and reliable and has handled a lot of housework, such as cooking, doing the dishes, and laundry in the house. How- ever, She lacks the education in making healthy cooking and eating choices. Her parents often don’t get home until late in the evening so she needs somewhere to be after school.

Teacher - Mrs. Smith
Mrs. Smith has been teaching at Holy Family Catholic School for the past 8 years, she has recently started teaching the new Food and Nutrition class added to the curriculum, as well as overseeing the afterschool program. Mrs.Smith is very enthusiastic about teaching the stu- dents about how the plants are grown and how they are enjoyable to cook with and eat. She brings some of her own recipes in for the kids to enjoy making and to bring home to their parents.

Parents - Chodak Lobsang (father) and Amrita Lobsang (mother)
Chodak Lobsang and Amrita Lobsang are the parents of Akar. They are Tibetan immigrants who immigrated to the South Parkdale community in 2005. Akar’s dad, Chodak works 2 jobs to put food on the table for their family. Amrita, Akar’s mother, works at the country club by the lakefront. They often don’t get home until late and wish for somewhere for their child to be after school.
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