Game Plan Academy (GPA)


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  • Quote captures GPA’s purpose well.
  • Game Plan Academy Web site is live, online, for the world to see. Students can apply by filling out an online application (lower right-hand corner)
  • Picture at bottom is from the first week of camp. The camp was featured in Sacramento Press, a local newspaper.
  • The statistics and details supporting this need are spelled out in the paper.
  • Brent
  • Igal– Academic Impact tutors students all over the world, primarily throughout California, in test prep and subject-specific support.
  • Igal
  • Igal– AVD = Alex Van Dyke played in the NFL for seven years. Drafted 31st in NFL draft. Was an All-American at University of Nevada, Reno. Grew up in Sacramento and attended one of the schools we targeted and enrolled kids from in GPA.
  • Igal—Gio was drafted in 3rd round, ahead of Tom Brady. Played QB for 49ers.
  • Igal
  • Igal—Hiram Johnson’s Coach / AD pictured in lower left. Hiram Johnson’s best player pictured in lower right.
  • Igal—GPA the week that Mayor Kevin Johnson spoke to the students.
  • Igal—blue link is clickable to KJ’s talk on YouTube
  • Mary—title is clickable to video footage of football. Outline of program.
  • Mary—let folks read essay. Read some parts out loud as example of the need that GPA meets.
  • Mary—SAT testing and working in groups to solve problems.
  • Mary—SAT Prep books (each student received one) and writing lessons on the white board.
  • Mary—GPA built relationships between students at different schools in Sacramento. This slide plays a video clip automatically of the huddle.
  • Mary—picture of students stretching on the Hiram Johnson football field.
  • Mary—Positive Coaching Alliance sponsored GPA because GPA works with students to Honor the Game.
  • Mary—Football training was intense.
  • Mary—Alex Van Dyke providing professional tips on how to play wide receiver. Video play automatically.
  • Mary—GPA served the community at the Sacramento Food Bank as a group, teaching students the circle of giving back to the community.
  • Mary—GPA students and coaches inside moving clothes and other donations around the warehouse at the Food Bank.
  • Mary—motivational speakers spoke to the kids each week at lunch to share wisdom and inspire the students. Above is Joe Thomas from the Positive Coaching Alliance.
  • Mary—Rich Callahan from USC spoke one week. The title is clickable to a highlight video of Rich’s presentation.
  • Mary—students received graduation certificates and back packs on the final week of camp.
  • Mary—students also received a camp photo with their diplomas.
  • Mary—each student had to share one thing they learned and one thing they liked at camp before they received their diploma, backpack, and picture. This student was shy, but shared his thoughts. It was a public speaking learning opportunity.
  • Mary—students filled out reflections and questionnaires during the camp to provide feedback.
  • Mary—students also learned by reflecting on what they had heard at camp.
  • BrentEstablish funding to make financially feasible for private parties
  • Engage parents  inform them about the college admissions process
  • Hiram Johnson continue to host
  • Continue to build program with same target schools, repeat students, and word of mouth to grow applicant pool
  • Engage coaches from target schools
  • Fundraising  students showed improvements across the board in awareness of college, how to do well in school, and confidence to perform on and off the field
  • To take GPA to the next level and establish a sustainable footing, we need support of the public system for grants.
  • All these students could come back next year again and continue to develop into tomorrow’s leaders.
  • Game Plan Academy (GPA)

    1. 1. “Developing & executing the right game plan is the key to performing successfully in academics, athletics, & the game of life.”<br />
    2. 2.<br />
    3. 3. Noble Cause: The Mission<br />GPA provides professional, personalized academic, athletic, and mentorship services to Sacramento high school students who normally would not have access to these resources.<br />
    4. 4. Inequity: The Challenge<br />The achievement gap continues to grow between high-income high school students and students at low-income high schools.<br />Students at high-income schools have access to youth enhancement services.<br />Students at low-income schools lack access to youth enhancement services.<br />Access to these services improves performance athletically, academically, and co-curricularly.<br />
    5. 5. Social Innovation: The P3 Response<br />Provide students with youth enhancement services to empower them to pursue their educational goals and attend college.<br />Private/NonProfit/Public Partnership (P3)<br />Private: Academic Impact, The ESM Group<br />Private: Going Vertical, Carmazzi Air Academy<br />NonProfit: Education NOW!<br />Public: Hiram Johnson High School, Mayor Kevin Johnson, and Sacramento Unified School District<br />
    6. 6. Private: Academic Impact<br />Ai provides students with academically rigorous tutorial services for all subjects.<br />
    7. 7. Private: The ESM Group<br />ESM Group provides students with strategic college counseling and test prep services.<br />
    8. 8. Private:AVD’s Going Vertical<br />AVD provides athletes with professional strength, agility, and power training.<br />
    9. 9. Private:Carmazzi Air Academy<br />GioCarmazzi provides students with personalized quarterback training.<br />
    10. 10. NonProfit: Education NOW!<br />501(c)(3) with the charter to fund scholarships for low-income, college-bound high school students and to provide assistance to local educational programs in Sacramento that support and empower low-income students through access to mentorship services.<br />Director: Billy Downing, founder of ESM<br />GPA established as Education NOW! program.<br />
    11. 11. Public: Hiram Johnson High School<br />HJ is a low-income, inner-city school that fits our target population perfectly.<br />Coach / AD: John Fleming donated facilities.<br />
    12. 12. Public: Sac. Unified School District <br />
    13. 13. Public: Mayor Kevin Johnson<br />Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Speaks at GPA<br />
    14. 14. 1st GPA Academy*<br />Eight weeks, each Sunday from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM, during March, April, & May<br />1.5 hrs. in the classroom: SAT test & college prep<br />1.5 hrs. on the field: football skills & conditioning<br />1.0 hrs. for lunch and motivational guest speakers<br />40 student athletes from 15 lowest-income / performing schools in Sacramento<br />Coaches nominated players; players filled out essays; and, we reached out to players’ families.<br />
    15. 15. Student Application Essays<br />
    16. 16. Classroom<br />
    17. 17. Classroom<br />
    18. 18. Football<br />
    19. 19. Football<br />
    20. 20. Football<br />
    21. 21. Football<br />
    22. 22. Football<br />
    23. 23. Community Service<br />
    24. 24. Community Service<br />
    25. 25. Motivational Speakers<br />
    26. 26. Motivational Speakers<br />
    27. 27. Graduation Ceremony<br />
    28. 28. Graduation Ceremony<br />
    29. 29. Graduation Ceremony<br />
    30. 30. Reflections<br />JohnathanBrisco: Today I learned about patience. It is an aspect of life. I also learned that I should wear legging because it was cold. I learned that you have to adjust your weight when you do routes that you have to make sharp turns or stops. I learned to look the same from the beginning to the end of a route. I learned to stare down a DB at the high school level. I had to put trust in my hands. I learned that my time management skills need to improve. I learned about a few negatives in my life that cause me to have poor communication skills and poor time management. I learned that I am coachable academically and on the field. <br />
    31. 31. Reflections<br />Keith Flowers: I learned what benevolent means. I also learned about a nice quote and it says, “When love fails, at least be cordial.” – Kurt Vonnegut. Today I also learned about how to understand people and to improve your own people skills. Today during the football portion I learned to stay low on my breaks when running my route. <br />
    32. 32. Next Steps: Game Plan<br />
    33. 33. Game Plan<br />
    34. 34. Game Plan<br />
    35. 35. Game Plan<br />
    36. 36. Game Plan<br />
    37. 37. Game Plan<br />
    38. 38. Game Plan: The Stretch<br />
    39. 39. Thanks<br />
    40. 40. Charles says, “GPA is Awesome!”<br />