On June 26, 2010, a group of six students from University of the Sciences traveled to The Sheppard Center in West Philadelphia to volunteer their time and energy for Kids-4 Change, a local non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people. A day full of fun, the USciences students helped community children learn about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Kids-4 Change, a non-profit organization, aims at empowering and encouraging young people to participate and engage in community organizing, volunteer work and help bring change around the world. Founded two years ago by 11-year old Shaniah St. Catherine, the foundation hosted the volunteer day at The Sheppard Center to encourage children to get off the couch, exercise, and learn about the importance of a nutritious diet in an effort to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity.
Upon arrival at The Sheppard Center, the USciences students were broken up into groups to help organize food stands with water, fresh fruit, fruit smoothies, and more. Once the stands were in place, they then led groups of children in sporting activities such as soccer, football, tennis, swimming, and kickball.
After touchdowns and match points with beaded brows and grass stains, the children were encouraged to continue to be active and eat right each and every day. An experience to remember, the USciences students look forward to supporting Kids-4 Change in the future and becoming advocates for change for those less fortunate.