Fit For School

Eight of 10 middle school and high school participants say WFIT helped them get better grades.

FIT FOR WORK

WFIT students report feeling more confident and goal oriented.

FIT FOR LIFE

WFIT students are more likely to be regularly engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity and are making exercise a way of life.

FIT TO SUCCEED

96% of teens who completed WFIT’s Teen Fit For Success training have received high school diplomas and 76% enrolled in college.

Creating a world where all children can realize their potential

A world fit for kids is one in which all kids are empowered and fit to take control of their lives, to succeed in school and at work, to build positive relationships, and to contribute to the community.

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Case Studies

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Gilberto Castellon

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Fit to Mentor

Gilberto Castellon

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Like many inner-city kids, Gilberto Castellon faced multiple challenges growing up: a language barrier made it hard for his mother to help with his school work, he missed school for health reasons, and he acted out because he felt he didn’t fit in. But then his mother enrolled him in WFIT’s afterschool program early in grade school, so he received homework help and had mentors to support his journey. He continued with the program through middle school, completed WFIT’s Teen Fit For Success program in the 9th grade, became a coach/mentor to younger kids in the elementary school he attended, and continued as a mentor throughout high school. “The program impacted me in so many ways it’s hard to pick just one, but the fact that I was given a chance to prove myself helped me,” he says. “It showed me that I was mature and responsible. I was given a chance, and I ran with it to create success in school and help the community.” Gilberto graduated with honors, earned a college scholarship, and today he is a respected IT specialist for an international architectural firm.

Fit to Mentor

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One of the things Alex Sabillon likes about being a WFIT Coach at Santee High School is that he knows when kids see him they know they can have a better future. Alex understands the importance of role models and mentors. Describing his own high school experience, he explains he was in the United States for only a couple of years and “didn’t have any friends or really know what was going on” when a coach told him about WFIT and took him under her wing. After a few months in the afterschool program, he signed up for Mentors in Motion training, where he worked and bonded with other students, became more respectful, and began to see himself differently. That experience inspired him to want to teach others, and during his senior year he got the opportunity to take on a leadership role planning events and activities. Working kids both as a student and a part time coach, has taught him about listening and “understanding what is best for students, not just what is best for you.” While Alex is currently a full-time college student majoring in Video Game Design and Engineering, he stills sees WFIT as a part of his future. “It’s a place I want to stay,” he says. “This program has made us better and knowing you are helping others is the best experience.”