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YOUNG SAVANTS OVERVIEW Presentation Transcript

  • 1. YOUNG SAVANTS Savant: A person of learning; especially: one with detailed knowledge in some special field (as in literature, mathematics, or basketball); wise through reflection and experience; characterized by prudence and good judgment
  • 2. Our Mission
    • To leverage the energy our youth spend on basketball and educate them to harness this energy and redirect it into crucial areas of their lives
    • To provide students with the life and academic skills necessary to succeed beyond basketball and athletics
    • To advance the wonderful cycle of giving
  • 3. Who Do We Serve?
    • A diverse group of boys & girls between the ages 6-18
    • Under served inner city youth (90 % of our participants are from Greater Boston)
  • 4. Why Young Savants?
    • Less than 10% of all college grads come from economically disadvantaged households
    • Basketball provides an opportunity for students to build positive, healthy, constructive, meaningful and lifelong relationships both on and off the court
  • 5. Our Program’s Focus
    • Mandatory Study Halls
    • Dress for Success/Dress professionally
    • Annual College Campus Trip
    • Workshops, lead by trained professionals, on violence and substance abuse prevention
  • 6. Our Staff
    • Consists of people from ALL walks of life
    • Alumni, Volunteers, College Athletes
    • Professionals, Educators, Law Enforcement Agents
    • No staff member has ever received a stipend or salary
    • 100% of donations are put towards funding and expanding our programs!!
  • 7. Why Support Young Savants?
    • We provide exposure to college campuses
    • We tackle childhood obesity
    • Mentoring, brotherhood, sisterhood
    • Students receive wellness training from experienced collegiate athletes, coaches, and trainers
    • Togetherness practiced during team meals, lunch, brunch, study halls, and dinner
  • 8. Our Values
    • The importance of education and higher learning will always be emphasized
    • Young Savants will speak intelligently, dress for success, and learn job readiness
    • Students will be taught that they are “Built for Others”
    • We will work closely with students to help each one learn how to fulfill their goals and ambitions
  • 9. Our Goals
    • To have all of our Young Savants earn at least a Bachelors degree (95% attend college now)
    • To develop a strong Alumni base that gives back to the program whether it be in the form of time, mentorship, coaching, or donations
    • To develop strong partnerships with local schools, businesses, and state agencies to help provide employment opportunities for our Young Savants boys and girls
  • 10. Our Goals Continued…
    • To have members from local sports teams, especially the Boston Celtics, involved in our program
  • 11. Current Partnerships
    • ClearChannel Outdoor
    • Kevin Youkilis’ Hits for Kids
    • Best Buy
    • LPM Charitable Foundation/LPM Holding Company
    • Boston Red Sox/Aramark at Fenway Park
    • Stop & Shop
    • Graphic Connections
    • Pepsi
    • Law Firm of Anna Dancy Foster
    • Brandeis University
    • Courtyard by Marriott
    • Roxbury Boys and Girls Club
    • Citizens Bank
    • SportsPix
    • Marengue Boston
    • Catalogue for Philanthropy
  • 13. We Will Request From Colleges…
    • Scholarships for 10-15 students to attend their team camp
    • Historical tours of campus and city
    • Lists of constructive, fun things to do while on the trip from a school liaison
    • Access to local hotels and car rental establishments
    • Room and Board
    • Tours of locker rooms and coaching areas, team meetings with coach and his/her staff
    • T-Shirts and hats as souvenirs
    • Picture sessions
    • Someone in admissions to speak to the team about what makes a strong, compelling candidate for admissions
  • 14. Earning The Right To Go On Trips
    • A team GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • A community service team initiative project must be completed
    • No substance abuse
    • No legal entanglements
    • Demonstrate proper behavior in the classroom, at home, and at their place of employment
    • Participation in Team's Fundraiser: The Young Savants Free Throw Shoot-A-Thon
  • 15. Media Links
    • http://www.boston.com/sports/schools/basketball/articles/2008/07/20/gaining_edge_with_hoops_books/ (Boston Globe)
    • http://www.wickedlocal.com/sudbury/sports/x390631944/A-trip-of-a-lifetime-for-two-teams-of-Young-Savants (Boston Herald)
  • 16. Proposed Budget for Summer 2009
    • Transportation $15,000
    • Equipment & Supplies 2,500
    • Uniforms & Athletic Bags 2,800
    • Food 5,000
    • Insurance 5,000
    • Miscellaneous 5,000
    • $35,300
    This includes a boys team and girls team = 2 teams
  • 17. Billboard Campaign
    • We have partnered with ClearChannel Outdoor to put up billboards around the state of Massachusetts in the Spring of 2009
    • And so… we are offering billboard advertising to companies who would like to support our efforts
  • 18. Sample of Billboard From Summer 2008
  • 19. For more information visit us at www.youngsavants.org
  • 20. Thank You For Your Time And Heartfelt Consideration From All Of Us At Young Savants