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The Physical Activities Club and Antibullying Campaign

Student Leaders
Helena Rosales
Adult Supporter
María Camila Aguilar Sánchez
Age of Students
14-16

Please describe how your students exercised their leadership and the impact they had.

Helena Rosales is a thirteen year old mexican student. She lives in Amecameca and studies in Ayapango, both located in the State of Mexico, Mexico.

She imagines education as the first step, that will allow the access to opportunities of personal and professional growth. Helena believes that all the youth must have the right to a high quality education in a respectful and equal environment.

Her project is related to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. This proposal was called The Physical Activities Club. Each day students have thirty minutes to practice a sport (soccer or basketball) or cheerleading training. Belonging to any of these groups is a privilege you obtain according to your academic performance: you can only be in one of them if your grades average is 8.5 of higher. Students that don’t match that requirement stay in the classroom doing other sort of activities. Not only this proposal promotes healthy habits, but also intends to make students happier and help them develop other abilities such as teamwork, leadership, and helps students focus both in curricular and extracurricular activities. It is noticeable that a very low percentage ( 37.3%) of students don’t participate in this program.

Finally in her class group they made an anti-bullying campaign. In Helena’s middle school it was very common that older students bullied younger ones. Helena’s class group considered that this phenomenon didn’t promoted a healthy environment; their campaign included talks to both new and senior students, videos, and brochures that had preventive information.

What role did you play in supporting your students’ leadership?

Helena started this project in her school; I'm her teacher in an afternoon ESL school, so I did know Helena started this on her middle school. I found out when I shared with them the opportunity to go to Bulgaria and participate in the conference. I am really proud of her since she is only 14 years old and thinks it is important to fight overweight and promote cultural activities in a fun way. The antibullying campaign that her class promoted has help in promoting a healthy learning environment. Students enjoy going to school and participating in both curricular and extra curricular activities.

What did you and your students learn in this activity that will endure beyond today?

That if a groups of people want to start a project, it only takes power of will to go ahead and develop it. In Helenas's school they had the facilities and time, the will and idea was the only thing that was necessary to start with this project. Students also learned that you can team up to accomplish great things and that in order to learn and grow both academically and personally it is necessary to have an adequate environment.