Motivating Action through Community Health Outreach (MAChO) is a student-run volunteer
program based in the Community Service Office of Weill Cornell Medical College. We are a
diverse group of volunteers with a variety of personal and professional backgrounds who share
a central vision of empowering our youth through the promotion of healthy living.
MAChO is a student-run volunteer program based in the Community Service Office of Weill
Cornell Medical College (WCMC). Established in 2009, the program was initially designed to
tackle the United States? childhood obesity epidemic but has grown to encompass a broader
mission of promoting healthy living in underserved communities. What started as a WCMC
student initiative has grown into a diverse group volunteers who come from all walks of life
and are committed to the promotion of healthy living among youth. Although our immediate
focus is to empower our participants with practical tools to make healthier choices, we strive to
instill values through personal development that can be applied to other endeavors in life.
Our partnerships with several mission-aligned and community-based organizations have
allowed us to implement an innovative and holistic program that empowers youth to adopt
healthy habits early in their lives. We strive to promote healthy living through two initiatives: a
Youth Wellness Program (YWP) and a Youth Leadership Program (YLP). YWP is a program
for children ages 8-13 and has a focus on nutrition, physiology, fitness and personal
development. YLP engages high school juniors and seniors and has a focus on wellness and
social justice. The aim of YLP is to incorporate high school students from the community into
YWP as mentors to their younger co-participants while developing their leadership skills.
MAChO believes in empowering youth with practical tools to take control of their health and
their lives through proper nutrition, fitness, and personal development. We strongly believe
that motivating youth to adopt healthy living at an early age is a key component in empowering
them to realize their limitless potential. Additionally, we seek to build a sustainable program
with strong roots in the community through engaging local high school students in topics of
wellness and health justice.
MAChO aims to curb the incidence of preventable chronic diseases in our most affected
communities by educating, motivating, and inspiring our youth to become change agents so
that together we can build social and human capital.
At the core of the program is the concept of teamwork, which is integral to everything we do.
Our teams work together to promote the message of healthy living through after-school
programming for elementary and middle school kids, a program for high school students to
express their thoughts on wellness topics in their communities, family engagement and
community based events.