High school students in the medical professions program at the Southeast Arkansas Community Based Education Center in Warren are hoping their mentoring program will help reverse unhealthy trends youth face.

The students recently implemented a program called SWAG (Students with a Goal) to equip Warren’s Brunson Elementary School students with the knowledge to make healthy choices in their daily lives, leading them to a healthier future.

The mentors, all high school students in SEACBEC’s medical professions program, meet in small groups every other Thursday with Brunson students to discuss current issues like childhood obesity, exercise, nutrition, smoking, alcohol, and peer pressure.

The mentors research common health-related issues facing today’s youth. After completing their research, they make a group decision which topic they feel is most important and most relates to the younger students.

Sixteen fourth and fifth grade Brunson Elementary School students were selected to participate in the mentoring program. The selection was based upon the students’ interest in the program as well as their parent’s permission.

The SWAG members, pictured here with the Brunson students, include:  Stephany Alonzo, Daquan Daniels, Chelsea Duncan, Chastity Harvey, Selena Juardo, Rosie Alonzo, and Jami Taylor.