THRU TUTORING AND PROBLEM SOLVING, WE CAN BUILD VALUABLE MEMBERS OF OUR PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY.
AN ACADEMIC/SOCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEM ATTACHED TO THE BASKETBALL LEAGUE ALLOWS OUR COACHES THE OPPORTUNITY TO REINFORCE THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY.
It is a well-established fact that adolescence is a period of life marked by considerable social, emotional, and individual identity development. If members of minority cultures cannot claim entitlement to their identity for self empowering, independence, and personal reasons, they may be left with emptiness and the feelings of having to resort to illegal activities as their only way of surviving. In addition, if members of the majority are not engaged with their peers, they might not be able to effectively sympathize with some of the issues that are felt by their peers. The rationale for having an academic/social support system attached to the basketball league allows the volunteer coaches the opportunity to reinforce the importance of education. Most of the youth that are active in the basketball league are lacking direction from male role-model figures in their lives; this social problem in my opinion allows youth to become miss-guided and vulnerable to bad influences. Mentoring youth will allow members of the league in positions of power to have more of a positive impact on the lives of the youth. I plan on using the system theory model (which is based on helping the individual, family, and the community) to help the youth in the basketball league to become valuable members of the community. Tutoring and problem solving will help the youth to manage their emotional and in some cases environmental problems better. It will be beneficial for the entire organization to have a more pro-active position as opposed to having to have to react to issues when they arise.