AstraZeneca Young Health Program: IM40 enters new phase

Sarah Kenney, Assistant Director, Marketing and Integration, United Way of Delaware; Ty Jones, Director, Delaware External Affairs, AstraZeneca; Renee Roberts, Director of Strategic Initiatives, United Way of Delaware; and Tywanda Howie, Marketing and Communications Associate, United Way of Delaware, played a key role in yesterday’s 24th Annual Youth Empowerment Conference in Dover, Delaware.

The United Way of Delaware has announced the selection of four organizations responsible for advancing the AstraZeneca Young Health Program: IM40, an initiative that promotes positive youth development and healthy behaviors for at-risk adolescents.

The four organizations will engage youth through community resource mapping, partnership and capacity building, and adolescent health promotion:

  • Children and Families First in New Castle County, specifically targeting the East Side of Wilmington.
  • The Delaware 4-H Foundation in Kent County, specifically targeting North Dover.
  • Sussex County Health Promotion Coalition in Sussex County, specifically targeting Seaford.

The YMCA of Delaware, working together with these organizations, has been a long-time advocate of the importance of building developmental assets – those qualities and experiences that help protect and promote the health and well-being of young people.

The 24th Annual Youth Empowerment Conference, hosted by the YMCA in Dover this week, drew more than 200 young people from across the state. The conference was focused on empowering youth to use their personal assets to become the agents of positive change within their schools and communities. Youth participated in a number of workshops, such as asset building and community issues forums, that supplied them with the means necessary to sustain a culture of making healthy choices. They also heard from Aaron Davis, retired medical policeman and current leader at Chaos Theory, who presented on the dangers of falsehoods portrayed in the media.

“With the selection of these four organizations, the YHP: IM40 initiative begins to implement a range of activities that will engage and unify community leaders, educators, parents, youth and others across the state toward a common purpose – to help young Delawareans become healthier and be successful in school and in life,” said Tyrone Jones, Director, Delaware External Affairs at AstraZeneca.

To learn about YHP: IM40, take a moment and visit the newly updated website at www.im40.org. These recent renovations allow youth, parents, teachers and community leaders to navigate the site separately so each group receives the information that is most relevant to them.

You also can get updates by liking YHP: IM40 on Facebook and Twitter.