Opportunity: Please consider making a donation and helping LAB fulfill its mission to increase opportunities for underserved youth to succeed. With your help we hope to be able to reach more and more children using our unique methodology and curriculum, directly impacted their future. Our innovative flagship program works with middle school children to increase their academic performance and social emotional competence.
Children participating in quality Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs improve achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, exhibit more prosocial behaviors (such as empathy, sharing, and kindness), have less anxiety and stress, and improved attitudes about others and themselves. They also have a high social return on investment, roughly $11 benefit for every $1 spent. What remains an issue, and requires a timely solution, is how we find ways to include SEL programing in an already crowded curriculum. Life And Basketball (LAB) programs aim to address this problem. We realize that most schools are struggling to meet new and changing academic standards set by the State and find it increasingly challenging to free up “space” and/or resources during regular school hours to introduce targeted SEL lessons. Schools recognize the importance of SEL and are eager to cooperate, they are just not able to do it on their own. LAB’s innovative programming acknowledges the advantages of both classroom and sports based strategies to build social emotional competence and combines them both. With your help, Life and Basketball (LAB), with its unique four pillar curriculum and innovative approach, can have an incredible impact on the lives of participating students and be a model to other schools and programs. Please consider making a difference and supporting LAB.
LAB has been accepted into the Newman's Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge. A total of $500,000 can be won through a series of competitive challenges between Nov. 21 and Jan. 3. During the next six weeks, your donations can be leveraged to help us win thousands of dollars that will go a long way toward helping us reach our goals.
Your Investment At Work: LAB program costs are significantly lower (in some cases 50% lower) than the national average for participating in afterschool programs. We are able to keep our costs low but our quality exceptionally high by minimizing facility costs and maximizing trained volunteer output. The bulk of our program costs go towards ensuring we have highly trained staff able to address the complex and individual needs of our participants.
• Less than 8 dollars will fund the daily participation in our flag ship program
• $500 funds the annual costs for one student to participate in LAB programming
• $2750 will cover the annual cost for one of our highly trained coaches or academic support staff
Our Story… LAB grew out of the Chair and Vice Chair’s love of basketball and the simple idea that all children should have the same opportunities to succeed. Co-founders Jason Naum and Devin Adams understood the transformative power of basketball and set out to use it as a vehicle to increase academic performance and social and emotional competence. Devin Adams (Vice Chair), an experienced basketball coach, trainer, music teacher and educator, was well aware of the benefits of organized sports, and basketball in particular. As a high school basketball coach he regularly saw not only the physical benefits that came with participation but also the social and emotional ones. His student athletes had a reduced risk of weight-related health issues, reduced anxiety and enhanced self-esteem, lower delinquency and dropout rates, and a greater foundation for the development of friendships, among other benefits. It was clear to him that with the right coach organized basketball had the tremendous potential to increase his student’s social and emotional competence and give them a solid foundation for success in life. What also became clear to coach Adams, and is backed by research, is that middle school ages children are the most vulnerable and that support should start with them and carry through to high school. Unfortunately, the reality for most inner city public middle schools is that they have too few resources to offer organized basketball opportunities which meant students would have to look for the benefits of playing organized basketball someplace else. The idea for LAB was born.
Concrete Results An additional problem LAB set out to address was that middle schools often struggle to include Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in their core curriculum and while there are other organizations offering services to youth, many do not adequately track the progress of their work and are unable to show concrete results. This is where co-founder and board chair Jason Naum’s experience came into play. For nearly two decades Jason has developed and run human rights education and capacity development programs for governments and NGOs around the world. These programs and projects have very strict guidelines and require tangible results for continued funding. Through his experience Jason saw the opportunity to apply results based management practices to what would become the work of LAB, allowing LAB to properly track the progress of each individual student and adjust LAB’s programming and services when necessary to ensure LAB reaches its goals and its students’ goals.
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