Monthly Archives: January 2012

February will be huge for Live Well Lauderhill!!


Please mark your calendars and join us for these February events:

Monday February 13th 7:00pm Lauderhill City Hall.  Join the students of Live Well Lauderhill as they receive recognition from the City Commissioners for their work on the Going Place PhotoVoice project.  Students will present their work and leave it for display at City Hall.

Saturday February 25th 9:00am-12:00noon Join the students of Live Well Lauderhill and some special guest artists from the Lauderhill Art Center for the first Own the Overpath event.  We will be cleaning up litter, working with students to identify concerns and opportunities for improvement, and creating some art projects with the professional artists.  Bring yourself or your organization and get involved.  Contact Jocelyn Boyd, Lauderhill Community Y Executive Director for more details  Because we have many more partners who want to be involved, we are postponing this event until March 25th.  More details to come–see you then!!!

Tuesday February 28th 5:30pm-7:00pm Broward County Pioneering Healthy Communities update meeting.  This meeting will update the team on the progress of the Live Well Lauderhill initiative, give an overview of the Community Action Plan, and hear an update from Teina Phillips of the BRHPC about the Community Transformation Grant (TOUCH).  Meet at the YMCA of Broward County offices 900 SE 3rd Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (inside the Bank United Bldg.)


Feedback on Student Work from Mark Fenton


In November 2011, Mark Fenton, a national expert on built environments and healthy communities, accompanied the Live Well Lauderhill community team on a tour led by students.  You can learn more about his work at We keep Mr. Fenton posted on what’s happening here and he sent the following feedback after the Going Places Photo Voice exhibit:

This is impressive beyond words, but in no way surprising. I really believe it is a phenomenal model for other communities to follow, and think we should be identifying some of the key lessons of your success. In no particular order, these come to mind:

1. The physical proximity of the Y and the school, so that it is basically a part of the school community and seamless to the kids.

2. Amazing leadership, or better MENTORSHIP and stewardship by the team at the Y. It is critical that the adult guidance be there for the kids insights and skills to reach fruition.

3. A ready outside partner, in this case (at least, if not more) the innovative community art studio and associated redevelopment effort.

4. A well defined challenge (or challenges). Rather than starting with a massive canvas–how do we change the entire community–you are tackling some very specific, well-defined and recognized opportunities for improvement. This means you will also be able to concretely measure progress.

I don’t list the kids as a unique lesson or asset, because in general I believe young people have a huge amount to offer as long as we put these other  elements in place to open the door for them.

Thanks for your ongoing encouragement Mr. Fenton!  We all especially loved the last line about young people and feel blessed everyday to work with such wonderful, hopeful students.

Going Places Exhibit Premires at the Lauderhill Art Center


The Going Places student art exhibit opened at the Lauderhill Art Center on Thursday 1/19 and will remain on display until 1/30.  Following its run at the center, it will move to Lauderhill City Hall and finally to the Youth Summit at the Broward County Convention Center on March 7th.  While the photos are fantastic, the true power of the images was brought to life by the Lauderhill Community Y students who told stories about each of the images.  The students had the opportunity to share their stories with Mayor Kaplan, Commissioner Benson, Commissioner Thurston, and many other city and community leaders.  Thank you to each of the students who helped us learn so much more about the Lauderhill community.  Your perspective is incredibly valuable and your hard work is greatly appreciated.  Great job! And thank you for not selling your photos just yet to the many people who tried to purchase them–we’ll open the bidding March 8th!!!!

Live Well Lauderhill Student Photovoice Exhibit Opens Thursday 1/19


 The exhibit opens tonight and will be on display for several days.  After its run at the Lauderhill Art Center it will move to City Hall.  It’s 3rd stop will be at the Youth Summit at Broward County Convention Center on March 7th.  

Going Places?  I think so!! 







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Lauderhill Community YMCA and Lauderhill Middle School Students present a photo voice interpretive project to bring about positive social change inLauderhillas part of the


To kick off the Live Well Lauderhill initiative, a program developed by the “Pioneering Healthy Communities” Team for the City ofLauderhill a walking tour was organized on November 18, 2011. The Walking Tour was led by Mark Fenton, a national advocate for healthy lifestyles and active community design. More than 50Lauderhillcommunity leaders from business, education, healthcare, government, law enforcement, and the media toured locations inLauderhillto further understand how the built environment of a community affects individual choices for healthy behaviors.  This tour includedLauderhillstudents acting as hosts and photojournalists to provide a personal perspective.  With the help of professional artists from theLauderhillArtCenterthese students have created an exhibit describing their experience asLauderhillresidents and future leaders, as well as their reflections on the potential impact of the “Live Well Lauderhill” initiative. 

You are invited to join us to learn how the students, community leaders and partners of the YMCA of Broward County joined together to provide concrete ideas and recommendations to concentrate on in theLauderhillcommunity. The students have identified four areas of concernon which to focus their efforts: 1)the safety of the pedestrian Overpath, 2) healthy food options at school and in the community 3)pedestrian use of transit at the mall area.  More information on the project and the student’s suggestions for community improvement can be found at

When:             Thursday, January 19, 2012

Where:            Lauderhill Art Center Gallery, 5450 NW 19th Street, Lauderhill, Fl 33313

Time:               6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


In honor of the MLK holiday, visit the comprehensive source for primary documents of the MLK movement at

Students on the Lauderhill Community Y college tour over spring break will visit The King Center in Atlanta.  The total cost of the college tour is $225 per student.  If you are a student interested in attending, read more about the tour on this blog.  If you would like to sponsor a student, please contact Jocelyn Boyd at and give a deserving student the chance to chart their course for success.

Own the Overpath Day Announced!


The students and staff of the Lauderhill Community Y invite you to join them on Saturday 2/25 9:00am-12:00noon for the quarterly “Own the Overpath” cleanup.  Students will lead efforts to clean the overpath and identify safety and sanitation needs for the area.  Are you a student, professional, or community organization looking for a service project–we welcome your help.  Individuals are also encouraged.  Come out and support the students as they work to improve their community.  Just bring your energy and meet at the Lauderhill Community Y at 9:00am!  Contact Jocelyn Boyd at for more info

Spoiler Alert:  the boombox crew may be making a guest appearance….