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Cooking Battle Culminates Summer Program

Mission Thrive Summer students demonstrated their culinary and kitchen skills by preparing healthy recipes and presenting to a panel of judges. The students had the chance to put the knowledge they've acquired the past five weeks to the test and competed …

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Cultivating Mindfulness and Praise

Mission Thrive Summer students learn mindfulness techniques to help cultivate positive thoughts, self-compassion, and recognition of praise for others and themselves.

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Stretching Money, Minds & Muscles

During their third week in Mission Thrive Summer, Baltimore City high school students learned the importance of stretching a dollar and discovered that yoga is good way to maintain physical and emotional balance.

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Heating Up the Kitchen

Mission Thrive Summer students put their kitchen skills to the test by making fried green tomato sandwiches using homemade salad dressings and mayonnaise. Students practiced with new implements and even demonstrated their knife skills with the bear claw m…

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Students Dig into Healthy Living

Thirty Baltimore City high school students began Mission Thrive Summer, our program designed to the empower youth with tools for building healthy lives. Find out what they're learning about urban farming and cooking.

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Mission Thrive Summer Crew Leaders 2016

Now in its fourth year, our Mission Thrive Summer program returns to Real Food Farm. Students will enjoy a summer of farming, cooking, leadership, physical activity, mindfulness, and life skills development while receiving guidance from our awesome crew l…

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Nurturing a Young Health Advocate

Mikal was shy high school freshman when the Institute's Alicia Diehl met him in 2013, His curiosity about healthy living coupled with his experiences our Mission Thrive programs have helped him become a leader in his community.

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Students Lead Health Expo

To conclude their Mission Thrive Summer experience, participants presented a community health expo this week. Through interactive exhibits and demonstrations, students shared the knowledge they gained over the past five weeks with more than 140 people.

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Thinking Before Drinking

After last week’s “Think Before You Drink” exercise, Mission Thrive Summer participants are a lot savvier about sugar masquerading as liquid refreshment. See how this activity tangibly reveals the not-so-sweet truth about soft drinks.

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Learning Life Skills for a Healthy, Successful Future

In Mission Thrive Summer's "Life Lab," students learn about budgeting, professionalism in the workplace, and other skills that are essential to becoming an active member of a healthy community.

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Finding the Fun in Fitness

Many people who find exercise too boring or difficult put off getting in shape until next week, next month, or next year. But often, that “next” turns into never. The fitness training component of our youth summer program aims to change "next" to now by s…

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Eating Appreciatively

After spending time at Real Food Farm, Communications Intern Tavon Johnson wants to know: Why aren't we thankful for food every day? Why is an appreciative mode of thinking largely reserved for one day in the entire year?

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Meet the Mission Thrive Summer Crew Leaders

The crew leaders for our Mission Thrive Summer program work alongside the youth participants, leading, teaching and mentoring them. Get to know our 2015 crew: Morgan, Kyle, Lydia, and Jeremy.

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Youth will Learn Collaborative Way to Work out Differences

When conflicts arise among the high school students in our youth summer program, Mission Thrive Summer, they’ll use a proven, productive method called restorative conflict resolution. Learn about this collaborative approach to problem solving.

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Mission Thrive Summer Gears Up for Third Year

The Institute for Integrative Health in partnership with Civic Works’ Real Food Farm is just a week away from launching the third year of our youth summer program, Mission Thrive Summer.

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Sharing Our Mission Thrive Model Nationally

In a workshop led by the Institute's Brandin Bowden, educators and community leaders from across the country learned how we're preparing urban teens to lead healthy lives.

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Students Become Teachers at Teen-Led Health Expo

As our Mission Thrive Summer program concluded this week, participants shared their new knowledge by organizing a health expo in Baltimore that attracted more than 100 people. A visit from Kentucky YMCA's Y-Corps made for a fun surprise.

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Teens Spearhead Community Health Fair

Mission Thrive Summer students will share what they've learned over the past six weeks at a public health fair of their own creation in Baltimore on July 1. See scenes from last year....

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Chef Len Visits Mission Thrive Summer

What’s the right way to butterfly a chicken breast, so it comes out thin and even? The expert, Chef Len King of McCormick & Co., showed participants of Mission Thrive Summer how to get it done.

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Garlic, Garlic Everywhere

More than 25 Baltimore City high school students started our Mission Thrive Summer program this week. The unofficial theme of day four: garlic! Check out these highlights...

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