Between October – December, 2016 The Emily Program Foundation worked with two student groups enrolled in an advanced professional studies program called VANTAGE through Minnetonka Public Schools. This partnership aimed to create a meaningful and professional learning opportunity for the students in VANTAGE as they completed quality, useable products for the Foundation. The Digital Journalism group created an educational video on eating disorders for teens while the Health Sciences team created a research report with a data analysis on teen’s experiences with their own body image, media influences and knowledge of eating disorders. This team also shared their learning experiences through a three-series blog posting, please see their reflections on what they learned through this process.
Meet the VANTAGE Health Sciences Team
We are five students from the Minnetonka Healthcare Sports and Science Vantage Program. As a part of our curriculum, we chose a project that interested us and we all decided to work with the Emily Program Foundation. One of the reasons we chose this particular project was because we interact with and see peers, friends, and family who suffer from eating disorders everyday. To get a basic understanding of eating disorders, we all wrote a research paper on eating disorders, as well as the way society influences them. After doing our research, we presented what we learned to the Emily Program Foundation. We met with staff from the Emily Program Foundation who educated us on eating disorders to make sure we were all knowledgeable with every aspect of eating disorders. From that, we learned a lot more about eating disorders and how to approach/talk about them appropriately as we conducted our research.
Hello, my name is Jaclyn. I am a junior at Minnetonka High School. This year, I decided to take a class that was very different from a typical class at my school through a program called VANTAGE. Since I am interested in pursuing a career in the medical sciences, I chose the strand that focused on healthcare and sports science. Through this program, I have the ability to gain real-world knowledge from site visits and guest instructors. For this class, we got to choose an organization to work with for our semester project, and when the opportunity to work with the Emily Program came up, I leaped at the opportunity. This project appealed to me personally, as I know people who have struggled with eating disorders.
Hello, I’m Carson. I am junior at Minnetonka High School and am currently enrolled in the Vantage program. I chose to go into the Vantage program because I wanted something different than the typically classroom experience. My parents were also big pushers on the program because they had heard how successful it had been to other students. I am very interested in going into the healthcare field for my profession after school. I am the current team leader for the Emily Program project. I decided that the Emily Program was the best choice for me because it’s the closest to home. I have a couple friends that have struggled with eating disorders, so when this came up as a project choice I jumped on it. I am very interested in psychology and I knew that eating disorders correlated with that as well. I had previously heard of the Emily Program through advertisements and had heard of what a great organization it was, I knew that this was the right fit for me.
Hi, I’m Zainab. I’m a junior at Minnetonka High School, and I participate in a program called Vantage offered here at my school. I chose to enroll in the Health and Sports Exercise strand of the program because I am interested in pursuing a career in the Healthcare field and this program will really broaden my knowledge of different career options. For this particular strand we have semester projects, and I chose to work on the Emily Program project team because I, like my other team members, have close friends that have suffered from eating disorders, so I am interested in learning more about how eating disorders affect people, and how to make a difference in how other people view eating disorders.
Hi, my name is Katey Brattland. I am a junior at Minnetonka High School and participate in the Vantage Program. I chose to do Vantage because I wanted more of a hands on real world experience and wanted to get out of the typical high school setting. I chose this particular vantage program, Healthcare and Sports Science, because my main interest is going into the medical field. The Emily Program Project interested me because I have friends who have suffered from eating disorders so I really wanted to learn more about them. I thought for this project we could actually make a change and discover useful information about teen’s experiences with eating disorders.
Hi, my name is Katie Grow. I am a senior at Minnetonka High School and I am currently enrolled in the Vantage Program. I chose to do Vantage because of the different real-world experiences that vantage has to offer. I have always been interested in healthcare and I was hoping that by joining Vantage, I would learn what field I want to go into. The Emily Program Project interested me because I have always been interested in mental health and psychology and I have had friends that have struggled with eating disorders.