The goal of the Building Dreams program is to assist underserved but deserving youth in developing the academic and social-emotional skills necessary to be successful in the classroom and in life. In addition, family, community, and student-teacher bonds are strengthened as a result of the program. Designed to be a tool for teachers and engaging for participants, students’ participation is incentivized and progress is tracked using football themes and props. Students learn to earn! Values sometimes only learned in organized sports-related activities, such as responsibility, teamwork, problem solving, motivation, managing conflict, and setting and achieving goals, are woven throughout the Building Dreams curriculum and become second nature to students when expressed through various mediums.
Classroom activities focus on improving students’ ability to recognize and understand a variety of emotions by reading books, completing activities in a workbook, and participating in reflective and creative expression activities. Pre and post-program inventories and surveys directly measure the extent to which the program helps students develop social emotional skills in self-management and self-control, reduce conflict among students, and help improve teachers’ classroom management.
Seal the Deal includes a series of youth flag football camps. While helping students improve their athletic skills, Seal the Deal is designed to help students “Make big plays on and off the field,” by combining the game of football with the game of life and daily character development activities. Seal the Deal means, “Make a big play,” which is what we want our participants to strive for throughout their lives by developing the social skills needed to make even bigger plays off the field.
Seal the Deal is a youth flag football camp and tournament that utilizes sports-related activities as teaching agents to help students “make big plays on and off the field.” The 2-day Youth Football Camps focus on agility, conditioning, football fundamentals, competition, character building, and fun.
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Like Building Dreams, R.A.P. is also an SEL program that helps students improve the following core competencies:
Each Year FFLF hosts program participants on field trips and Christmas that expose children to new environments, and memorable Holiday experiences for at least 725 children (K-5) that may not otherwise have one of these experiences.