YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Empowering Youth with Life Skills
This program is designed to educate young people about the FUNdamentals of strength & conditioning by teaching 9 Core Values. Below is the 1st day outline:
Core Value #1 - Respect
Dynamic Warm Up
Landing & Jumping Mechanics
Team discussion about Water & Hydration
Introduction to Planks & Squats
Interactive Exercise Game
Team discussion about how Respect & Hydration relate to one another
In terms of physical development, this program introduces basics of strength & conditioning. All youth are welcome to join this program, whether they play sports or not. Our primary goal is to provide an affordable option for all local youth.
I kindly ask parents to contact other parents who have kids to create a team of at least 6 participants that everyone is comfortable with their kids being around. I would prefer if your kids participate with other kids that are around the same age because there tends to be some significant differences in overall development, including, but not limited to, body awareness, attention span, and maturity. Ideally, there would be a U-12 and U-9 group. With that being said, I am not going to turn anyone away if it is easier for you as parents of two or more children for your 7 and 11-year-old
to participate together at the same time, as an example.
Consideration for one's self and others
The core value of respect lays the foundation for the Youth development Program, and is introduced on Day 1 as it relates to our team expectations:
1. Always try your best, no matter what
2. Lift people up, don't push them down
3. Listen when other people are talking
Similarly to respect, water is also a foundation, but for all life. During sessions, we will discuss hydration, how it can benefit us, and how respecting our world's #1 natural resource is important to other people.
Being truthful to yourself & others
Being honest about who we are and what we do is another foundation of the program. It isn't so much about not lying, but rather, getting to know yourself so that we can better help ourselves and others.
It is easy to "cheat" ourselves, especially when it comes to daily food choices. If we have access to healthy foods, why should we cheat ourselves from the benefits of whole foods that serve as our primary source of daily energy?
Believing in yourself & others
No matter who you are, what you look like, how much money you have, or your family's background, I want you to feel comfortable and confident in yourself as an individual.
The recent generations of youth know only a world that includes advanced technology and social media, which has had many detrimental effects on self-image. Anxiety, depression and suicide rates in young teens has increased exponentially due to constant comparison with others, both young girls and boys.
No young child should have to experience this, especially in Western society where we are extremely privileged to live how we do. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, I intend to instill confidence in all youth that I interact with.
Trying your best no matter what
This program includes not only teaching the what of mental and physical health, well-being and performance, but the how and why. For some kids, it may take a while to grasp new things, which is completely okay. Everyone has their own unique starting point, and with practice comes improvement.
The first class expectation asks that all participants try their best, no matter what. They will succeed, and they will fail; both are good. Success will lead to increased confidence, whereas failure will teach them how to fail better next time, and the time after that. At the end of the day, I will always emphasize a training environment that encourages life-long learning so that participants can understand why it is beneficial to succeed and fail.
Ability to imagine new ideas
Creativity is at the heart of the youth development program. Although I believe in establishing structure, too much structure dissolves one's ability to think on their own, outside of the box.
Believe it or not, many college kids are practically incapable of thinking on their own and taking ownership of their life. I know this because I used to be one of them, and I went on to train 500+ college students every year for 3 years. My intention is to empower young people with skills so that they are prepared for life after high school, and I believe that it's never too early to start preparing.
Engaging in productive conversations with others
Face-to-face communication is critical to building relationships, whether it's with a family member or someone you are trying to become friends with. This program encourages kids to actively communicate with others as well as how to resolve conflict.
If there's one thing I've learned from working with kids, it's that they can teach us A LOT more than we may believe, but only if they are given an opportunity to openly communicate and express themselves.
Ability to make good decisions
Being able to understand what is good or bad, beneficial or harmful, appropriate or not, is something that we all are still learning. Through trial and error, we develop new wisdom that can be crucial as we further develop as individuals.
Wisdom will be taught during competitive and self-competitive games as well as through discussions about previously learned core values and foundations.
Knowledge of & finding joy in a current situation
We live in a world of technology and other material things that are competing for our attention. So much so, that we often forget about where we are! Overwhelmed, crunched for time, and we never seem to have an opportunity to simply be aware of the amazing world we live in.
Nature is the performance pillar tied to awareness, in which we will discuss our local environment, other environments across the globe, and of course, the many benefits we can receive simply by spending more time outdoors, whether it's hot or cold.
Ability to lead & follow others
The final weeks of this program includes reflection about what was learned in the program, which transitions towards your kids taking the lead for the team's warm up and creating fitness games with their own rules.
Additionally, your kids will brainstorm an idea that is a form of community service, whether it is donating non-perishable food items or perhaps, teaching YOU, their parents, what they learned in the program through a fun movement-based day of learning.