Physical exercise and sports are widely accepted vehicles to promote education, community, health, and personal development. At the core of our character development workshops and programming are our five C’s: confidence, character, competence, compassion, and community. These five values are vital to the development of a well-rounded member of our community.
We also make a concerted effort to target youth and young adults who experience issues of absenteeism, academic difficulties, history of suspensions, probation or parole, and recent immigrants.
5 C’s to Development
- Confidence – A feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something. Our participants will learn who they are and how to create their own identity. As leaders, we must have a clear identity and we must know ourselves before we can lead others. We all face some form of adversity and maintaining proper character through adversity is a key to success.
- Character – Our participants will learn about different attributes that compose an individual’s character including racial and ethnic identity, family values and history, mental and physical health, emotional intelligence, and behavior. The goal is to illuminate the interconnectivity of what may appear as distinct attributes or choices and how each participant is in control of their character.
- Competence – Our participants will learn how to apply their knowledge and life skills to improve their performance on the court, in the classroom, and in their community.
- Compassion – Understanding personal and interpersonal concerns and how to respond to each situation based on that experience. Our participants will learn to be thankful for what they have and to understand that they are not the only ones traveling the roads of life and every step there are people who in one way or another have and can help them achieve their goals.
- Community – Our participants will learn that we all have faced adversity and that we can use those experiences to make our communities safe/brave spaces for future generations. Participants will also learn the value of community service & civic engagement, they will be participating in a campaign developed by young adults in our Organize Uptown program to improve our community.