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Equity Design | Enhancing Learning Through Play

Together, let’s train 150 teachers how to use physical activity brain breaks to enhance learning & impact the health of 4,500 Bronx youth

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Campaign Ends on October 30, 2021

Project Description

 The Problem:

As schools look to reconnect and re-engage students during the 2021-2022, how will COVID and the lack of physical health activities impact the mental health and learning outcomes of Bronx elementary school students? 

How can any assessment be made in the absence of pre-existing data that has tracked and recorded students’ prior performance?

 

 WHY THE BRONX ?

Unfortunately, for close to a decade, the Bronx has been given the title of one of the unhealthiest counties in the state of NY, #62 out of 62 counties to be exact. Prior to the pandemic, there were already health disparities in under resourced communities like the Bronx. In other words, the odds are stacked against kids in the Bronx. They already have higher obesity rates and lower physical activity rates. With the pandemic, these disparities are growing, and I’m seriously concerned because if we don’t do anything NOW, we’re going to continue to remain #62.

And OUR KIDS DESERVE BETTER!

Brain breaks, physical activity for youth
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Our Solution

Through Equity Design, we have created a physical activity program for elementary school students that is backed by data. Our program focuses on:

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  1. Helping Bronx Teachers learn how to use physical activity “brain breaks” to engage and enhance their students’ capacity to learn and excel.
  2. Increasing Physical Activity Time to help improve student’s mental health and wellness.
  3. Creating Sustainable Active Learning Environments and Resources.

 

 

 

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My Personal Mission

I am a testimony to the work I am doing. From being a NYC schoolyard tag champion to representing USA and winning gold in the 60 meters in Korea at the World Masters Athletics Championship, I have experienced firsthand the positive impact of physical activity.

World Masters Athletics Champion, Track and Field
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Opportunity

Equity Design’s program is vital because outcomes in the classroom directly impacts students’ health, which then impacts their household and the larger Bronx community. Our hands on approach and ability to customize each teacher's  learning experience will create a sustainable program that is long lasting.  Moreover, this model SCALES. This model can help under resourced communities across the nation change the trajectory of health, and help youth develop a positive and lifelong connection to physical activity.

 

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YOUR SUPPORT

With funding, we will be able to train 150 teachers from 10 targeted schools in the Bronx. Ultimately, this training will impact the physical health of 4,500 Bronx youth in one year.

    

     Your support will:

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  • Provide year-round Training and Resources for 10 Bronx elementary schools and their teachers

  • Provide Equipment such as Brain Break Kits for every teacher 

  • Help us Build a Tracking Database that measures the correlation between a student’s academic performance, experience and engagement to physical activity

 

Training NYC Teachers, Brain Break Training, Train the Trainer
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Thank You!

Our team thanks you for your donation and support.

You are just one click away from helping us get 4,500 elementary school children from the Bronx active through Brain Breaks!

 

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Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

What are Brain Breaks?

  • Brain Breaks are 3-5 minute breaks that can help elementary school students them focus during their class.  Brain breaks are an opportunity for the teacher to either connect their lesson to physical activity or give their students an opportunity to focus their attention on movements that decrease stress while engaging them.
  • Brain Breaks do not replace Physical Education or Recess. Instead, by adding up to 5-6 minutes per day, an elementary student can get an up to an extra 30 minutes of minutes per day

What are the benefits of Brain Breaks?

  • promotes physical fitness

  • reduces stress

  • reengages students

  • enhances a student’s learning experience, including academic performance

  • decreases off task behaviors

What does the research say?

  • According to the Center for Disease Control, physical activity increases and improves the motor skill levels related to the improvement of cognitive skills, emotional wellness, on-task behavior and the mental health of students. In addition, it has been concluded in the Journal of School Health, 2015 November; 85(11): 740-758, that “...schools can improve the health and learning [experience] of students by supporting opportunities to learn about and practice healthy behaviors, providing school health services, creating safe and positive school environments, and engaging families and communities.” 

L.W.
10/17/2021
Monetary Contribution
$25
Barbara Angiletta
10/11/2021
Monetary Contribution
$10
Brian M
08/27/2021
Monetary Contribution
$340
Savina romanos
08/17/2021
Sponsor a Teacher
$150
Peter Garafalo
08/13/2021
Monetary Contribution
$5
Jesse
08/13/2021
Monetary Contribution
$15
Amira Mustapha
08/13/2021
Physical Activity Equipment
$25
Laura Díaz-Alberto
08/10/2021
Thank you!
$50
Maurelhena
08/03/2021
Monetary Contribution
$250
Damon Blakemore
07/31/2021
Sponsor a Child
$100
Monetary Contribution

Friends and Family of Equity Design

Any amount you can give to help change the trajectory of the health through physical activity is greatly appreciated!

11 Supporters
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25.00 USD
Physical Activity Equipment

Your donation goes towards the purchase of physical activity equipment for each classroom. Teachers can use equipment such as noodles, balloons, play cards and hula hoops to enhance their brain break activities

7 Supporters
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50.00 USD
Thank you!

Thank you and shout out on our social media from one of our participating elementary school students!

6 Supporters
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100.00 USD
Sponsor a Child

Your donation will help sponsor (1) elementary school student at a Bronx-based school during the 2021-2022 school year.

3 Supporters
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150.00 USD
Sponsor a Teacher

Scholarship for (1) Bronx elementary school teacher to have year-round on-site and virtual training and support on how to use "brain breaks" to promote physical activity while enhancing their student's learning experience

5 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Friends and Family of Equity Design

Any amount you can give to help change the trajectory of the health through physical activity is greatly appreciated!

11 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Physical Activity Equipment

Your donation goes towards the purchase of physical activity equipment for each classroom. Teachers can use equipment such as noodles, balloons, play cards and hula hoops to enhance their brain break activities

7 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Thank you!

Thank you and shout out on our social media from one of our participating elementary school students!

6 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Sponsor a Child

Your donation will help sponsor (1) elementary school student at a Bronx-based school during the 2021-2022 school year.

3 Supporters
Select this reward
150.00 USD
Sponsor a Teacher

Scholarship for (1) Bronx elementary school teacher to have year-round on-site and virtual training and support on how to use "brain breaks" to promote physical activity while enhancing their student's learning experience

5 Supporters
Select this reward