Americorps

Location

Parent Center

Hours of Operation

8:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

VCS! AMERICORPS PROGRAM

Hayward Unified School District’s AmeriCorps grant program, titled “Viva Bien, Coma Bien, Siéntase Bien (VCS),” is focused on improving health and fitness for families within a school-based delivery system.  Hayward has the highest prevalence of overweight children in Alameda County’s 14 cities and six unincorporated areas, with results from the 2009 California Physical Fitness Test showing that the vast majority of Hayward’s young people are not physically fit.  Funds from this grant will help engage young people and families in skill-building—perhaps even life-saving—health-promotion activities.  Students and parents in 26 Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) schools will be assisted by 54 AmeriCorps members, including a Youth/Health and Fitness Advocate at each of HUSD’s after-school Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) sites, a Community Health Advocate (CHA) at each of HUSD’s school-based Parent Centers, and two members who will focus on recruiting, placing, and coordinating volunteers district wide.  HUSD’s objectives for VCS adhere to national performance measures under the Health Priority Area.  Objectives include;  1) students rated as deficient in healthy living patterns improving into the “healthy living zone,” and 2) students assessed as physically unfit achieving physical fitness by the end of the school year.