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DRILZ & SKILZ After School Clinics

Just4hoopin partners with nonprofit agencies and community volunteers to offer DRILZ & SKILZ. This basic four-week “clinic” style program is delivered during after school hours to youth living in out of home care. Pre and post assessments will be conducted to evaluate the impact the program is having on youth participants.

Overall, our goal is to engage youth in positive developmental activities that will help them find the best in themselves and discover their passion. Each week, kids will engage in two-hour clinics teaching them the fundamentals of one of four different sports:

The first 90 minutes of each clinic will focus on sports drills and activities; the final half hour will provide educational and motivational discussions involving volunteers and special guests who have an interest in each sport. Refreshments are available.

The program is very flexible and will be customized to meet the needs of each group of children. Clinics are available to both boys and girls in two different age groups: 8 to 12 years and 13 to 18 years. Each child who completes the 4 week program, will receive a sports bag with new athletic apparel consisting of shorts, socks, a t-shirt, and a ball cap. We will also be including donated gift in kind items that may include a sports book, magazine or journal, a water bottle and basic personal items.

Out-of-school programs have well-documented outcomes that include:

Impact of DRILZ & SKILZ
Working exclusively with abused, neglected and abandoned children in Maricopa County, our basic goal is to improve the overall emotional development and physical well being of the whole child, while they are in out of home care. These core developments, as defined by Dr. Bruce Perry of the Houston Child Trauma Academy, are manifested in physical health outcomes and academic achievement, as well as social and emotional development. In creating our programs and creating more detailed goals and objectives in relation to each of our specific program areas, we have carefully considered these core strengths and the building blocks of healthy development instrumental in helping children grow into healthy young adults.

DRILZ & SKILZ Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are invited to participate in our weekly Clinics. DRILZ & SKILZ after School Clinics are volunteer driven and dependent upon volunteer support. Clinics run over a four week period and volunteers are needed who have an interest in sports and children and who can participate in basketball, football, soccer and baseball clinics. Each Clinic serves 4 to 10 children and requires up to two volunteers. All volunteers will be fingerprinted and undergo background checks.

During the final half-hour of each Clinic, we are also attempting to find one guest speaker depending on the sport who can talk about education, nutrition and that particular sport. Former players along with college/high school athletes volunteer as our guest speakers for this segment.

Individual and corporate volunteers can also play a role by accepting a Board Leadership position with Just4hoopin. This commitment requires attendance at 3 annual Board meetings and participation in Clinics.

Businesses and corporations are also welcome to host a company driven volunteer project to help provide basic items for the athletic bag that is provided to youth after they complete four weeks of Clinics. A company-wide drive for basic items including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant and other personal hygiene items is proposed for employees who want to help youth.

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