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South Suburban offers classes that help youth navigate tough teen years

South Suburban offers classes that help youth navigate tough teen years

Feb 08 2019

Being a teenager in today’s world is tough. It’s tougher still trying to successfully navigate the often exciting, yet sometimes tumultuous teen years. South Suburban is supporting youth in the community with two classes that help teens positively deal with their emotions, get physically active and learn more about their brain and body health.

Dance it Out is a brand new youth Zumba® class for ages 11-14. The class gets kids moving to create endorphins, which aid in handling anxiety and depression. The class is open to both boys and girls and features thirty minutes of dance fitness and wraps up with a little discussion. There is no judgement; only good vibes and lots of fun! The class is Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., at Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 South University Boulevard. The class begins on March 5 and runs through March 26. Register at ssprd.org; or call 303.347.5999.

Me, Myself and My Health is led by Jessica Fann, a licensed therapist and Kenzie Averill, a certified personal trainer. Girls ages 9-14, will learn about proper fitness and nutrition, while gaining a better understanding of how their brains and bodies work and develop. The class offers a place to build peer support and encourages healthy peer habits outside the class, i.e., anti-bully, empathy, appropriate and healthy communication and more. Classes progress each week with 45 minutes of nutrition and fitness exploration, and 45 minutes of games and group work that engages the girls in the learning process. Fann offers tools for social and emotional experiences that girls will likely encounter as well as skills to navigate their own development, social growth and emotion management. Resilience, compassion, and self-love are some of the common themes.

Me, Myself and My Health is Sundays, 4 – 5:30 p.m., at Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 South University Boulevard. The class begins on March 3 and runs through May 19. Register at ssprd.org; or call 303.347.5999.

About Jessica Fann, creator of Me, Myself and My Health: Jessica has an undergraduate degree in elementary education and a graduate degree in Forensic Psychology. After working in multiple roles in mental health, her eclectic background has provided a rare opportunity to explore family systems, support services, resources and ongoing training to allow her to understand the way children and adolescent brains operate as well as the mechanisms that lend a hand during this challenging period of growth.