Play4Life

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Our Mission

The Play4Life Foundation (P4L) endeavors to level and lengthen the “ playing field” for youth of under-served communities through character-driven programs designed to educate, empower and inspire their potential for success on and off the “field.” Our motto is: Play for Life, Not for Sport.”

What We Do

By incorporating character-driven modules infused with traditional athletic training, P4L provides youth with tools and practices that will enable them to develop and monitor their successes academically, socially, mentally and physically. Our P4L workshops, activities, programs and training camps were designed using a strength-based assessment model and each of our “Lifers” begins their journey with a team-constructed, personalized “Play Book” that enables them to be self-evaluative in their goal-setting and self-fulfilling in their action plans. From life skills to academic development, advanced sports conditioning, and addressing major social issues; our diverse team of professional athletes,

educators, community leaders and business executives provide our participants the invaluable opportunity to be personally mentored in a collaborative environment. In essence, we endeavor to FULLY equip our participants to compete successfully in ALL aspects of their life’s journey. Infrastructural codes of conduct like Discipline, Honor, Love, Patience and Respect govern P4l’s deliverables and support our founders 5 principles to success: DESIRE, DREAM, VISION, BELIEF AND POWER. We passionately promote the philosophy that a positive desire, which becomes a determined dream and a spiritual vision, can only be fulfilled when a deep belief in one’s own power is developed and supported. By encouraging our participants to embrace this philosophy through the course of programs, we are preparing them to PLAY 4 LIFE.

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Who We Serve

Youth Violence Defined by the Center of Disease Control (CDC). The CDC defines youth violence as “harmful behaviors that can start early and continue into young adulthood. Youth violence includes various behaviors. Some violent acts-such as bullying, slapping, or hitting-can cause more emotional harm then physical harm. Youth ages 10-17 and Young Adults Ages 17-24 have been selected to define the target population, with these risk factors:

• Truancy

• Suspensions/Expulsions

• Low Graduation Rates

• Disconnected Youth

• Youth in the Labor Force

• Foster Youth

• Youth/Families effected by incarceration or community re-entry

How We Do It

P4L’s primary objective is to bridge the families, schools and communities of all

of members. From a social justice perspective, P4L views the parents &

communities and schools of its members as valued stake-holders and ‘valued’

resources in support of the comprehensive development of each P4L

member. We embrace community collaboration and prioritize the development

of partnerships between schools and the communities that we serve.

P4L’s BELIEF is that the POWER behind the success of all of our members lies

in the development of a ‘college-going’ culture between the homes, schools and

communities of our youth. We function with a complete understanding of the

diversity in current school demographics – race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, language, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Therefore, P4L believes diversifying our methods, delivery and substance to respond to the new order. Through strength based counseling and intervention support while collecting and utilizing the data of our members, P4L supports three primary functions that schools undertake to connect with parents:


  1. Provide parents of our members with information and skills to support their children’s education.
  2. Coordinate community programming that meets the addresses the needs and issues that our student-athletes and their families encounter.
  3. Recognize the rights of parents – and their fundamental competence – to share in school decision making.

Accountability Safety Net

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We function as an ‘accountability’ safety net to support the prevention of dropouts. This methodology is designed to improve the overall health of our members with opportunities for physical development through activities offered between schools; and addresses retention rates by increasing basic skills competencies in reading, writing and math to improve members’ preparedness for high school graduation, degree/certificate completion, and employment with college & career readiness. P4L supports the requiring of schools to develop early identification and early prevention methods; P4L coordinates and integrates State and Federal Categorical Funds for all students; P4L utilizes member performance data improvement to determine funding sustainability; P4L invites community/state agency resources to schools/communities to build a collaborative while reinforcing parent decision-making through School Site Council. Major areas of focus are: 5As

The 5A's

- Attitude (how your ‘feelings’ dictates your investment)

- Attendance (incentive based monitoring reduces suspensions/expulsions)

- Academics (strength based assessment, modifications, resiliency factors)

- Athletics (periodic athletic documented assessments)

- Arts (using Arts as an means of expression)


P4L will partner with the schools & community of Inglewood to collaboratively strengthen student-athlete development by enhancing a social services guide to help all of our members and their families connect with & meaningfully participate in social & health services; strengthen student success; increase the level of technological integration in the school curricula and homes of our members; increase the availability of academic support and youth development programs with increased articulation playing a central role in helping our schools to focus on prevention before retention while increasing the breadth, quality, and intensity of community interaction.


Resources used:

http://keirsey.com/sorter/register.aspx

https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/

http://www.strengthsquest.com/home.aspx


Our Partners

P4L believes that everyone has a role to PLAY in the lives of our youth. To ensure that we build community around at-risk youth, here the community collaborators that we work with to ensure success:

• Youth

• Law Enforcement

• Schools

• Service Providers

• Businesses

• Community Members

• Faith Community

• Government Agencies

• Families

• Coaches

• Non-profit Organizations