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Turn 2 Us Healthy Lifestyles
School-based mental health promotion and prevention program
In June 2001, Turn 2 Us was created as a collaborative effort between Public School 128M of Washington Heights, Morgan Stanley's Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. The Foundation chose to demonstrate its commitment to the community by supporting the implementation of a program that would promote healthy lifestyles and leadership among its elementary-age children and their families.
Through this collaborative effort, the Healthy Schools Healthy Families Initiative evolved. In 2007, the program expanded to include Public School 4M. The promotion of overall well-being is achieved via a holistic approach that encompasses mental health, educational support, physical activity and nutrition, leading to the development of healthier minds and bodies.
Turn 2 Us believes that the promotion of physical and mental well being is vital at an early age in order to prevent at-risk behavior. Through a holistic approach the program enables the school community at PS 4M & PS 128M to internalize healthy lifestyles that lead to social, emotional, and physical well being. The staff is committed to achieving this mission through an array of interventions and services specifically tailored to the students, families and school staff of the school community.
On-site, school-based health initiatives
Turn 2 Us/HSHF is a school-based collaboration where health professionals partner with school staff and community organizations to assess the needs of children and their families; then mobilize resources to address those needs for two elementary schools in Northern Manhattan.
2010-11 Program Highlights
Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants.
Social Change Project
The Project is an event created to share one of the Foundation's principles with communities.
Turn 2 Foundation Dinner
The 18th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner raised more than $1 million for youth initiatives.