What Makes S.M.A.R.T. Unique?
Over the years we have developed a unique curriculum for our after-school and summer camp programs. What makes our curriculum and programs unique from similar non-profit organizations is how we fuse education, sports, community involvement, and life skills development for young people into each activity that we do. While there are several organizations that do similar work to ours, we separate ourselves with the capability to adjust and tailor our programs to the specific wants and needs of the partnering school or group.
Being that our program focuses on “under-served” and “at-risk” youth in grades K-12, we have designed our curriculum and programs into stages. At each stage the program activities get more intense and keeps each student engaged. For example, at the K-1st grade levels, our students will be given basic introduction to sports terms and jargon which helps them develop early literacy and writing skills.
The program is more advanced at the middle school and high school levels. The feature activity at these stages is a simulated professional team operation project in which students are placed in groups of 4 or 5 and have to select a Team President, Team VP, General Manager, Marketing Director, and Community Outreach Director. Each group/team is given the basic structure and parameters in order to operate the team leading up to its season. These activities help to develop students in academic areas (literacy, writing, mathematics, and social studies). More importantly they are being taught workforce preparation and life skills, as the youth transition into becoming young adults.
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