Our KTI Experience
By: Shelby Ponder, Chelsea Fleming
This past June, Rockcastle County High School’s Student YMCA Club was fortunate enough to send three students, Chelsea Fleming, Shelby Ponder, and Rachel Blair, to a program called Kentucky Teen Institute. This conference, focused on health issues affecting our communities, was five days long and held on the University of Louisville’s campus. At KTI, our team chose to design a service project that will bring more awareness to Type 2 Diabetes, a disease that plagues our county.
The Kentucky Teen Institute provided an incredible experience for all three of us that we will cherish forever. KTI included a multitude of activities, guest speakers, advocacy trainings, and created bonds that will last a lifetime. We had the opportunity of playing football with U of L’s football team, and meeting some of the most influential health leaders in the state of Kentucky. The purpose of the conference was to create a year- long community service plan to educate our community about health issues they may face and ways to prevent further troubles.
Our foremost goal is to get a farm- to- school program implemented in our school district. Not only will this movement drastically reduce costs and pollution, it will significantly improve the health of the current generation and those to come. In addition to these great benefits, our county’s once thriving farming economy would be revived due to all produce being grown by our local farmers. We are very excited to see our finished product, and are very hopeful that the community will get involved and share our passion for helping each other.
For more information about Kentucky Teen Institute, please visit www.kyymca.org/programs/kti