Carter to Speak on The HYPE Project at National Conference

Youth engagement is more than just a buzzword. It’s a movement happening across the United States, and Eat Smart Move More South Carolina (ESMMSC) is in the thick of it. The Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE) Project, a program at ESMMSC, has been gaining attention since its inception in 2012. From its beginnings in Fairfield, Pickens, and Richland counties to nationwide trainings for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and the National 4-H Club, more and more organizations are learning about the policy, system, and environmental change (PSE) process and engaging youth.

National and international attendees of the National Youth At Risk Conference will have an opportunity to learn about The HYPE Project, March 8-11 in Savannah. More specifically, attendees will hear from Youth Engagement Manager Trimease K. Carter as she presents during a breakout session on March 11 at 11:15 am. During her presentation, Engaging Youth Advocates Through The Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE) Project, Carter will make the case for engaging youth, especially youth of color, as agents for change. The presentation will also demonstrate how The HYPE Project model has been effective at engaging youth advocates around obesity prevention projects.

“This is a great opportunity to put The HYPE Project in front of schools and organizations that may be interested in this type of model. It can be incorporated into any school, program, or learning environment because it teaches youth the right way to advocate for issues close to their hearts,” said Carter. “While our curriculum focuses on healthy eating and active living, anyone can take this model and customize it to fit their youth engagement and youth advocate needs.”

The National Youth At Risk conference, hosted by Georgia Southern University, draws more than 1,200 national and international participants. The conference trains adults who serve youth to create safe, healthy, caring, and intellectually empowering educational environments that foster the well-being of all children and adolescents. Participants learn about current research-based educational programs and strategies, which empower young people to overcome at-risk conditions that may threaten their safety, health, emotional needs, and academic achievement.

To learn more about The HYPE Project, visit our Youth Engagement page. To learn more about the Youth At Risk Conference, visit