Bizibodis is a brand new young peoples mentoring project developed by Newcastle YMCA creating safe outdoor play opportunities in East Newcastle as part of the national Change4life campaign.
The fall in popularity of outdoor play and the negative effect of this on children has featured highly in the media recently. The project has been developed in response to shocking childhood play statistics such as a third of youngsters have never climbed a tree, or built a den, and one in ten cannot even ride a bike.
BIZIBODIS trains 17-21 year olds to be mentors who then facilitate safe outdoor play opportunities to children - playing games like Hide and Seek, rounders or going for bike rides - activities that get children outdoors, active and interacting with their peers an informal and positive way - just as older generations did in their childhoods.
BIZIBODIS Model - what are the benefits?
The unique BIZIBODI model is inclusive and uniquely placed to appeal to all children - even those who would not necessarily take part in organised sport. The project aims to reduce isolation and social exclusion for young people and children who are overweight or lack the confidence, opportunity or desire to engage in more formal extra curricular activities.
Being a BIZIBODI can even lead to positive behavioural change. A recent study in America of nearly 11,00 kids ages 8 and 9 found that those who had more than 15 minutes of outdoor play each day were better behaved in class than those who had less outdoor play time, or none at all.
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