NEBRASKA CITY – Peru State College is organizing AmeriCorps members to establish a health and fitness after school program in Nebraska City.
Dr. Kyle Ryan, professor of kinesiology and Dr. Sheri Grotrian-Ryan are seeking 12 Peru State undergraduates to join AmeriCorps as part of the Children’s Health, Activity and Nutrition Community Engagement Initiative. The CHANCE Initiative will provide after-school physical education opportunities in Nebraska City elementary and middle schools.
Dr. Ryan said seasonal changes and a lack of facilities and transportation hinder exercise opportunities in rural Nebraska.
Ryan: “The CHANCE Initiative will train Peru State students to provide afterschool programs and increase the total minutes of daily physical activity for students.”
Peru State students chosen for the program will be trained as AmeriCorps members. Training will also include obesity prevention and intervention, lesson planning using the CATCH curriculum, partnering with community organizations, civic engagement, leadership, mentoring, and career development.
Dr. Sheri Grotrian-Ryan, professor of business, said, “The CHANCE Initiative has a history of successfully implementing AmeriCorps programs to benefit local communities including Auburn and the Johnson-Brock Public Schools.”
Grotrian-Ryan: “With engagement being a cornerstone at Peru State, this type of service-learning opportunity is paramount in allowing our students to embark on experiential learning in our local community. We are excited to see the CHANCE Initiative expand to Nebraska City Public Schools.”