Youth Exercise Their Way into the End Zone and a Healthier Lifestyle with Iowa BIG Project with Cedar Rapids River Kings
Feb 17, 2020
Iowa BIG is a partnership with area school districts that connects high school students with businesses to provide an experience-based learning environment. The business community plays an important role in Iowa BIG’s success by creating projects for students to work on and learn from. Organizations of any size and industry can partner with Iowa BIG. The Cedar Rapids River Kings wanted to work with Iowa BIG students on a project to connect with children between 5 and 14 years old in a meaningful way.
The River Kings and Iowa BIG students came up with a program that encourages youth to be physically active and reward them for exercising with prizes like tickets to River Kings games, and even a chance to win an Xbox One. In just a few months, a program was developed and launched. The program has been rolled out in several area school districts including Alburnett Community, Cedar Rapids, College Community, Benton Community, Clear Creek Amana, Linn-Mar, and Iowa City Community. Between 8,000 to 10,000 students may be part of this program. Iowa BIG students organized assemblies where they, along with River Kings and their mascot Leo, visited schools to introduce youth to the program and get them excited and moving.
Upcoming Lunch and Learn EVENTS for Iowa BIG Partners
In response to feedback from business and nonprofit partners stating that they would like better understanding and more guidance on working with Iowa BIG students, Iowa BIG will be offering a monthly, four-part series over the lunch hour on select days starting in February through May. Topics covered will include Understanding the Teenage Brain, Introduction to Agile Mindset, and Radical Candor/Giving Honest Feedback. Lunch will be provided, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and to network with fellow partners. Space is limited for this inaugural series.
These events are ideal for businesses and nonprofits currently working on projects with Iowa BIG students. To register, please email Iowa Big Strategic Partnership Specialists Laura Seyfer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Zhorne at email@example.com.
Intro to Agile
Tuesday, March 10 | noon - 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14 | noon -1 p.m.
Mount Mercy University Graduate Center
Partner Sharing/Project Development
Thursday, May 14 | 4 - 5 p.m.
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library