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Boys Club



Members Names: Bryn Whitmore & Marquis Robinson...

Members Names: Bryn Whitmore & Marquis Robinson

Service Site: Haramee Christian Family Center

Site Location: Pasadena, CA

Project Description:
Bryn & Marquis were both TechMission Corps members at Harambee Christian Family Center in Pasadena, CA. They both worked intensively with middle school students helping establish an array of academic and extracurricular activities for their kids. For their final project Bryn & Marquis created a guide to a program they initiated at their site to help encourage male students. This program includes various esteem building and group bonding activities like group talks, field trips, and relay races, all of which are specifically tailored to helping young boys develop into strong men.



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Boys Club Boys Club Presentation Transcript

  • Boys’ ClUb
  • What Boys’ Club is
    • An opportunity for second through sixth grade boys to expand their horizons within a comfortable environment via multiple positive male influences
    • A place to reconcile real world issues through legitimate relationships providing wisdom from experience
    • A place of encouragement outside of the home
  • Goals
    • To let us as leaders:
    • Be active with the boys
    • Be mentors and try to impart wisdom
    • Help them see “alternatives”
    • Encourage them to think critically
    • Let them talk and voice their thoughts
    • Help them grow up in some healthy ways
    • Have fun with them
  • Schedule
    • Monday evenings 6-7 PM
      • Hype-Session
      • Instructor opens
      • Recite memorized sayings and creed
      • Outdoor games/activity (30-40mins)
      • Pizza (or alternative dinner made by concerned mother)
      • Time of discussion and mentoring
  • Standards & Purpose
    • The Hype-Session prepares everyone for the lessons and activities for the day through dance
    • Activity is structured as team and cooperative
    • Nourishment for the body and mind
    • Discussion and mentoring session at dinner
  • Materials Used
    • Basketballs
    • Footballs
    • Music, CDs, and Stereo
    • Play Area
    • 3 Ring Binder
    • Printouts of Discussion Topics
    • Utensils for Dinner Time
  • Keeping the Boys Active
    • To alleviate aggression and help them resolve personal conflict
    • To provide with a physical outlet that does not glorify anger and emphasizes alternative ways of communicating frustrations in un-harmful ways
  • Physical Activities
    • Basketball
    • We had the kids play against each other as well as kids versus adults, passing, shooting, dribbling and other fundamentals of basketball.
    • Relay races
    • They did regular down and back sprinting relays and other running games
  • Physical Activities Cont’d
    • KRUMP dancing
    • is a hard-hitting, very expressive dance style that allows the boys to experience an active alternative art form
  • Dance
    • The boys enjoyed participating in the dance sessions, whether they tried KRUMP or had their own style
    • They performed for open houses and other school meetings
    • We had opportunities to share with the parents our belief that art forms are great alternative activities
  • Example of Basketball Drill
    • Basket Brigade Trust Game
      • Start off with two teams lined up on each side of the basketball court
      • Spaced out even distances to pass the ball from one end to another
      • The last person in line shoots a free throw shot
  • Applying Teamwork
    • We regularly practiced the basket ball drills and relay races to build up their skills in these areas
    • Teach them to work as a team to achieve goals
    • The focus of the teaching was on providing the boys with positive male influences
    • All activities where geared toward instilling a positive attitude and correct behavior
    Establishing Mentoring Relationships
  • Providing “Alternatives”
    • The students do not often get to branch out of a usually-hectic life outside of home and school
  • Road Trip
    • Road trip to Stanford Institute of Higher Learning
      • Site seeing at San Francisco
      • Cultural experience at Santa Cruz
  • Things to Improve
    • Method of taking attendance
      • Sign in sheet
    • Leaders keeping a positive momentum
    • Established rules and consequences
  • Ideas For The Future
    • Multiple activity stations
      • open simultaneously to allow more options to students
    • Using smaller groups to provide more individualized instruction
    • More trips
  • Ideas for the Future cont’d
    • More activities
    • Reach out to more students
    • Expanding by adding an additional day
      • Going longer with each session
  • Questions?
  • Acknowledgements
    • Harambee Ministries
    • Pasadena community
    • Students and family
    • Volunteers and partners