Alexandra Cabezas Serving her Community
She recently completed an internship in which she volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County completing 118 hours. During her experience, Alexandra developed a program called Club Fit as well as assisted in another program, Healthy Relationships. This experience fulfilled a requirement for a Service Learning Course which was instructed by Dr. Moorhouse.
Alexandra developed Club Fit as a summer program to encourage kids of every age group to exercise daily for a minimum of one hour. Each week, Alexandra planned various activities with the kids focusing on aerobic exercises, muscle and bone strengthening and flexibility. Alexandra stimulated interest by incorporating fun activities such as relays, yoga, Wii Fit and Zumba. The goal was to introduce ideas and activities to the children that they could continue to use for years to come.
In the Healthy Relationships Program, Alexandra collaborated with two experienced violence prevention advocates from a domestic abuse network. Middle and high school students were given the opportunity to discuss exposure to abuse in the media, community and home. Through small group meetings, teens were able to discuss a new objective each week in an intimate setting with their peers. Topics included dating, abuse, assertive communication, sexual harassment, gender stereotypes, media and power. Throughout the program, teens were provided with skills, tools and knowledge to develop and maintain healthy relationships.
“Many communities lack the resources to provide the help they need to make changes. The idea that I could be a positive influence in the kid’s lives and teach them something useful made me understand how feasible it is to make a difference. No matter how busy we are, we all have the ability to serve others and improve our community in some capacity,” said Alexandra.
Spoken like a true public health enthusiast, Alexandra hopes to further her education as a Physician Assistant after graduating in Spring 2013.