We are always looking at ways to improve; it’s just what we do. Our latest improvement will have a direct positive impact on our community of young people. We are delighted to announce the narrowing of our overall vision, to provide positive support specifically to student-athletes as well as student-artists to help them develop the leadership and relationship-building skills that will contribute to their overall success. TeachThemYoungER has two areas of focus:
TeachThemYoungER offers the following programs under each focus area:
Programs run 6-8 weeks. Each week there will be 3 hours of programming offered. The frequency will vary by program, once, twice, or three times a week. The cost is $15 per week for TeachThemYoungER KIDS. Program costs will vary for non-TeachThemYoungER KIDS members. Our goal for our Athletic program participants is to make their respective middle and high school teams and play meaningful minutes. Once in High School, plans are to continue developing, play varsity, and complete the package of Student-Athlete with NCAA certifications. We expected all players to attend school regularly and arrive to classes in a timely fashion. We will plan to track school attendance and school grades as well. The finalization of our shared goal is to obtain a college scholarship for their next stages in life. Our Art design principles, BE CALM, are how those building blocks are arranged: balance, emphasis, contrast, accord, landscape, and movement. They are the ways an artist can organize the elements of art to create a wide range of effects. Each of these art fundamentals is closely related, and many of them overlap. When combined, they produce a complete artistic vision. Knowing the elements and principles of art boosts visual literacy. TeachThemYoungER believes that connecting with art makes us more empathetic and strengthens the fabric of society.
Speed, agility, and quickness training programs are crucial for the athletic programs TeachThemYoungER is choosing to specialize in, volleyball, football, soccer, track, and field, as well as basketball. We will work to improve footwork skills as well as improve cardiorespiratory stamina for our program participants. Speed, agility, and quickness training is also crucial in decreasing injury for athletes. We believe the rationale of training for the specific sport and provide drills to enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury. The practice of speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) has become a popular way to train athletes to improve the physical condition of athletes by using a full spectrum intensity of exercise, from low intensity to high intensity.
SAQ is a system of progressive movements and instruction aimed at developing fundamental motor skills and improving the ability of the athlete to be more skilled at faster speeds and with greater precision. The exercise also creates the ability to exert maximum force during movement activity at high speed. Our No. 1 goal is to improve the quality of movement of our athletes. Simply improving mechanics is one of the easiest ways to improve speed. We want our athletes to understand how they should be moving when doing every type of speed drill. Just like any other movement or exercise, we eliminate the gross faults of the athlete by encouraging effort and then fine-tune their mechanics to achieve efficiency. Improved efficiency means growth. Our Athletic programming is available to all. We encourage and help facilitate training with community AAU programs. In previous years, our organization has supported church leagues and AAU basketball organizations in Toronto, Kissimmee, and Orlando. Currently, we support TTY HOOPS Club and their basketball program as well as Life Christian Academy and the School District of Osceola County.
We are actively looking to acquire our own gym...stay tuned for additional details about leagues and team rentals.
We have developed an Art program tailored to assist potential artists' understandings of an increased ability to create more mature art. It is the age when the brain transforms from concrete thinking to abstract thinking, and the young artist is no longer content to make expressive marks but to arrange those marks in ways that bring meaning, beauty, and fun. TeachThemYoungER realizes that most kids want their artwork to "look right," and they are highly critical of their performance. We will create an atmosphere of success for all students. Our BE CALM effort will organize the principles in such a way that students easily understand the terminology and practice of the principles of design. By distilling the more than one hundred terms used in describing the principles of design by various artists to the six represented in this acronym, our simple concepts are more easily understood. We will examine each of the six ideas as to their definition, purpose, and application. The curriculum is divided into six sections, one for each of the concepts; balance, emphasis, contrast, accord, landscape, and movement. Each unit will attempt to define one principle and present art production lesson plans which facilitate the understanding and use of that particular art principle. We plan to instruct children in the basic understanding of the fundamentals of art so that their finished product is not only self-expressive but satisfying to their eye. Our goal is to ground students in knowledge about design so they may effectively communicate their OWN artistic visions. They make more powerful works when they utilize the principles of art. When viewing art, they are familiar with the elements of art; they become more aware of the details and can better appreciate what they see and the message behind it.
Here are some of the great things we have going on with programming and some of the art created by Alvin "AC" Codner.
TeachThemYoungER is actively working to create solutions for our community. We are a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing communities together to focus on the success of student-athletes. Our FREE after-school basketball development program here in Central Florida (Osceola, Polk, and Orange Counties) provides student-athletes positive support as well as develop leadership skills that will contribute to their overall success. We want to use sports as a vehicle for the positive development of students utilizing learned values like Mindfulness, Exceptionalism, Responsibility, Integrity, Teamwork, and Sportsmanship. These values help in developing student-athletes' relationship-building skills and the advancement of their growth mindset, which will enable them to take on challenges and learn from them.
We prioritize teaching over the competition in our developmental program. It is open to both girls and boys and offered one day a week to teach basketball to students of the hosting school. Additionally, we will focus efforts on encouraging girls' participation in this program. We want to focus on developing girls to participate in MS/HS athletics in Central Florida. Studies show that athletic participation has a favorable influence on girls' academic achievement, psychological well-being, and physical health.
Our 2019 TeachThemYoungER Athletic Fund "team scholarship" recipients and their trip to Tennessee in July 2019. The Florida Suns 9th grade travel team earned an all-expense-paid trip to participate in an AAU tournament in Gatlinburg, Tn.
During the five day trip, they competed in a tournament and placed 3rd. The team was also treated to private college visits that included college tours and visits with athletic staff members. The group visited Carson–Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee, as well as Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. Where they met with Men's Head Basketball Coach, Raul Placeres, he has most of the boys "…on his radar now". The experience allowed this team not only to play basketball but to visit universities, experience a college tour, bond with activities outside of the gym, and enjoy Tennessee.
Congratulations on receiving a TeachThemYoungER Athletic Fund scholarship! These scholarships are funded by generous donors who care about community youth and their future. Our TeachThemYoungER athletes assisted along the way to build the fund by attending fundraisers and events. They earned it!
Take a look at some of the highlights below
As a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt corporation, TeachThemYoungER Inc. thrives based upon donations by individuals like you, corporations like yours, and foundations that have a heart for those in need. Your financial contributions are needed for us to maintain and grow the services we offer. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Our inaugural event Family Fun Day was a success at Koa Elementary! We want to thank our sponsors: Mindful Storage of Poinciana, Intense Ink, Poinciana Medical Center, Restaurant Depot, and KQ93.7. We also want to thank Osceola Sheriff Department for coming out and entertaining our youth with K-9 demonstration, mounted police, motorcycle police, and bringing a tank for the kids to explore. Special thanks to our DJ and Magician, Donald Carpenter from Music, Magic& Mayhem. Thank you to Mattress Firm of Poinciana for donating a pillow-top mattress set to raffle, and also thank TOHO, Pepsico/Gatorade, Restaurant Depot, and Publix of Poinciana for donating items for our fundraiser BBQ.
It takes a village to raise a child, and our Poinciana community is learning that together, we can Empower Relationships within our youth and help them become successful in all their endeavors.
TeachThemYoungER was chosen as KOA Elementary School & Discovery Intermediate School’s 2017-2018 Business Partner of the Year! The School District of Osceola County recognized TeachThemYoungER for these awards at a 2017-2018 District Business Partner of the Year Awards Luncheon on May 21, 2018. This is the 1st time one Business Partner has been named Business Partner of the Year at two different schools in the same year.