GOALS and OBJECTIVES:
The goal of EDUCATED PREP© is to foster both academic and athletic success in a safe and neutral environment. To accomplish this goal, our organizations outreach seeks youth’s from throughout the county, and offers programs for children whose ages range from six to eighteen.
As the founder of Educated Hoops©, I have lived and experienced firsthand what is going on in our impoverished and impacted communities. The organization was established after the loss of my own two brothers to gang violence. It was at that point that I became dedicated to empowering and helping today’s youth. Educated Hoops© is aware of the risk, challenges, alienation, and violence that today’s youth experience on a daily basis in the inner city, as well as throughout the county. The program strives to give the children tools to empower themselves and their future. There are many youths in the community who are great athletes, but lose focus and hope due to a variety of circumstances. The Educated Hoops© program offers a safe, viable, and non-secular alternative, for the development of the student-athlete. It is a program that can and will make a difference in a child’s life.
Through the use of basketball, the children learn valuable life lessons in a supportive environment. They learn about focus, commitment, fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork, determination, and working hard to achieve a goal. Whether they win or lose, they learn valuable lessons not only in success, but also in coping with losses and disappointments. In doing so, our goal is to foster a positive attitude, and demonstrate to our youth the tools that they will need in order to be reaching the next level in life and become active and productive members of our community and society as a whole.
ACADEMIC and ATHLETIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:
An integral part of the Educated Hoops© program is the Academic and Athletic Program. This incorporates a S.A.T./A.C.T. assistance program to better assist the members in preparing for college entrance tests. In the future, we would like to provide financial assistance for those who cannot pay for the exams.
Mentoring Tutorial Program and Study Time
This is for students in program who need or would like to have extra help outside of the classroom. We use tutors (including peers), which assist the students in Math, English, Science, and a variety of other courses. The program is called F.A.M.I.L.Y which stands for Future Adults Mentoring In Lives of our Youths.
Students bring in school progress reports to ascertain if additional academic support is needed outside of school. Students are required to maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average in order to continue to play basketball. If a 2.5 grade point average is not maintained the student is not able to play basketball until improvement is made. The student is not kicked out of the organization, but cannot participate in the sports activities until they raise their grade point average.
Scouting and Placement
The Educated Hoops© program assist the student-athletes who is in trying to reach the goal of going to college (possibly on a scholarship). Our organization follows the student-athlete from their ninth grade year until their twelfth grade year. To develop their athletic potential the players participate in a variety of tournaments and leagues that provide exposure to college coaches. The organization not only focuses on the high school students, but prepares the younger students for the next level. Our first priority is for the students to maintain their grades. In return, we create bios about each player and hand out to scouts that are at the leagues or tournaments we are participating in. In addition, the organization works with each student to narrow his or her college choices, and assist in the application process.
NEEDS of the PROGRAM:
In order for us to be able to fully meet our Goals and Objectives and continue to provide our academic and athletic programs, we need a gym facility and a classroom environment. The program has its own million dollar liability insurance and staff/volunteers. Any assistance that you can provide, even financial donations or sponsorship, in helping to meet our needs to continue to provide the programs above will be greatly appreciated by the kids and the organization.
In closing, I would like to thank you for your interest in Educated Hoops©. The program is successfully and steadily growing with a continuing influx of youths wanting to participate. As a non-profit organization, your tax-deductible contribution to Educated Hoops© will help foster the continued growth of the programs and services to the youth of our community.