REAL Teen Action/HYPE Project Team

Program Overview: 

The REAL Teen Action/HYPE Project Team was developed by Fairfield Behavioral Health Services during the 2011-2012 school term. REAL Teen Action is a spin- off of the Keepin’ It REAL (Refuse, Explain, Avoid, Leave) evidence based curriculum that the organization delivers in schools. HYPE which stands for Healthy Young People Empowerment Project was added during the 2012-2013 school year as a result of a Community Transformation grant Fairfield Behavioral Health Services received under the umbrella of Fairfield Community Health Partners. Thus the group was renamed the REAL Teen Action/HYPE Project Team created to raise their voices to say NO to drugs and violence and YES to healthy eating and active living.

HYPE is designed to build the skills of youth so that they can become a greater voice in their communities for healthy eating and active living through policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) obesity change. HYPE is a five phased approach to youth empowerment: Think, Learn, Act, Share and Evaluate. Phase I Think: A process of critical thinking that will build their awareness and interest in healthy eating/active living, and PSE change. Phase II Learn:  Culturally-and age appropriate training so they can be effective champions for change. Phase III Act: Identify, plan and actively engage in a grassroots youth-led efforts to create PSE change. Phase IV Share: Report their projects to community stakeholders and peers. Phase V Evaluate: Evaluate the process and outcomes of the HYPE project to ensure all goals are met.