“The concept of “Hood” or “home” has evolved into a negative connotation over the years, particularly in Black and Latino, urban communities. Hoodfit seeks to amplify the positive attributes in ones’ hood that has allowed them to grow strong, experience resilience and exercise strategic problem solving. When they are then able to transfer those same skills to experiences outside of their “homes” they are “fit”. We have many examples of individuals who are now successful in the non-profit, public and private sectors who all pay homage to their fortitude of being “home-grown”.
Now that we have acknowledged the gifts that come with surviving our “hoods” and becoming a successful contributor to the larger community, we also understand that there are compromises. Protecting your “hood” with endurance, strength and perseverance often comes at the price of neglecting our physical/spirit. HoodFit embraces the connection between mind, body and spirit—take care of your body and your mind will follow…take care of your spirit and your body will follow.”