One of Coaching For Change’s goals is to find ways to make education relatable to “real world” experiences. As teachers, we of course know that the lessons student learn in the classroom are important and relevant — if only our student could just figure that out, too!
We came across an interesting book the other day called Guerilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids A Real Education WIthout School. The author complied ways in which we, as parents and educators, can help foster the interest of our kids and students. For example, if your child expresses interest in a particular career choice, find ways to introduce him or her to someone in that field. While our students may not have access to opportunities to be creative during the school day, Coaching For Change provides avenues to learn about career fields, civic engagement, government and leadership in ways that are driven by our students’ interests.
At Coaching For Change, we believe it is important for our young people to get involved in community change. One great way to help inspire civic engagement is to get your child exposed to local politics, impact, and action. Is there a playground initiative in your town? Help your child write a letter or take them to a town hall meeting. Is your town organizing a local “clean up” day? Are there opportunities to meet leaders in local government like the mayor or city representative? If you make these positions personal, they will likely to be more interested!
Coaching For Change uses a similar motivation model with our students. On Saturdays, you can find C4C students partnering with local college students in a community service clean up. Or, one Saturday, the C4C students volunteered for an entire day at the Special Olympics. We have plans to partner with Schools on Wheels, an organization that assists children who have been impacted by homelessness.
Coaching For Change uses sports to address the economic, political, and social conditions that shape young peoples lives. We want our Game Changers to make a difference in their own community by getting involved, seeing how their actions positively impact our city, and become more civically engaged in public policy issues. As poor health, lack of exercise, and inequity in education continue to impact our youth in Brockton, our team creates, coordinates, and coaches after school programs for community partners that are looking to increase physical activity.