education, physical fitness, Uncategorized, youth jobs, youth sports

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Community Development can mean different things to different people.  However, in its simplest form it is “people helping people improve their life conditions by addressing common interest.”  Through Coaching For Change (C4C), we believe that changes begins in our own communities, and that the members of our communities are the best ones to make the change. For the city of Brockton, we believe that there are two major issues affecting our community: education/career pathways and childhood obesity. Through partnerships, we empower our community to work together to identify the problem, come up with solutions and make it all happen!

As the summer time approaches, we think of perfect weather, BBQs and beaches.  Teens and young Imageadults are getting ready for summer break which is filled with fun and friends. For many teens, during the summer, every day is a Saturday, free of responsibility and full of unsupervised hours to spend with friends.  C4C sees this as an opportunity to use fun recreational activity and sports to connect teens with positive role models and turn them into role models for their community.  With youth employment on the decline and the increase in major social inequalities, C4C uses sports to employ teens while they learn about leadership.

In Brockton, MA the Education and Workforce Training Taskforce reported that youth lack the opportunities they need to develop the skills neccessary to succeed in today’s global economy.  Majority of the youth population face low literacy, poverty, language barriers, low skill attainment and health issues as a challenge to their success.  Research has also shown the decline in skill, information, and academic retention that occurs during the summer months. This is why Coaching For Change believes in continuing relevant skill development, social support, and academic mentoring during the summer months.

C4C uses the summer break as an opportunity to enhance teen skills development for college and/or the workplace.  Through sports we create a learning environment that challenges and connects them with positive mentors in both formal and informal environments (e.g., sporting events, theater, professional development). The program uses a hands on approach to educate and get teenagers involved in the process of individual empowerment and creating community change by getting kids more active.

The summer provides us with so many opportunities to collaborate with groups and organizations who are reaching out to youth. We are excited to begin the summer by hosting our Leadership and Business Academy, our summer camps and clinics, and our field trips!

How will you use your summer to learn about and contribute to a sustainable social and economic development?

–Marquis and Liza


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education, youth jobs

COMPETE

The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort. — Colin Powell

 

While we have a lot of fun playing basketball, coaching, and organizing fun activities at Coaching For Change, our teens also know that we have high expectations for them. We expect them to give 110% in school and after school. And, through the support of our program, their families, role models and mentors, our Game Changers always put in “above average” effort.

We are committed to education. Coaching For Change, Inc. is designed to expand  learning experiences beyond traditional classrooms.  C4C offers an outlet that connects classroom experiences with lessons learned through sports; We believe this collaboration strengthens our students’ desires to graduate from high school and creates more options for success. To achieve success, C4C believes that we must address the  drop-out crisis that is sending half the young men of color into the world without a high school degree. To do this, we need to collaborate, come together, and commit to providing all students with a meaningful education. Students need more ways to pursue knowledge and interests beyond their schools’ curricula, and Coaching For Change provides that opportunity.

We address workforce needs. In a community deeply affected by poverty, crime, drug use and social equity issues, the teenagers in our program learn and apply skills that can revitalize the the Brockton community. In 2011, the City of Brockton’s Education Working Group identified a need for a workforce development programs to improve the skill of entry-level workers and to improve the overall employment rate. With a high school drop out rate of 33%, the community’s ability to create and support vibrant economic growth is negatively impacted when we do not have access to business, education, and innovation. Without high school completion, teens lack access to pathways to help them develop skills to enter the workforce.

We approach skill development differently. With the improvement in access to technology, some businesses are increasing productivity and profits while reducing the number of employees.  The paradox is that many jobs still remain vacant despite a large pool of unemployed workers.  Businesses are looking for skilled workers who can also fill generalist roles. Therefore, it is becoming clear that one-size fit all system of preparation does not fit the needs of the changing employment market. We must prepare our young people to gain a diverse range of skills while also demonstrating an ability to specialize.  According to Boston Indicators, “The loss of high-paid, low-skilled manufacturing jobs has widened income inequality and contributed to youth unemployment and racial/ethnic disparities in health and education.”

We make a difference.  At Coaching For Change, our students learn how to  think critically, perform professionally, and demonstrate competency in leadership. We address the need to graduate from high school and to continue to college. We connect the needs of the community with the contributions of our teens. We think collaboratively — not just competitively — and partner with existing organizations that are making a difference in the community.

Sports teaches us to compete. Coaching For Change gives us the skills to be competitive. 

–Marquis

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