Civic Commitment Project Jordan Sestak Jennifer Punke Make a positive impact on the children at the Boys and Girls Club. 1. Increasing the number of students we bring to volunteer. 2. Preparing activities that the kids enjoy. 3. Incorporating physical activity into the program whenever possible (when the gym is available, when it is nice enough to go outside.) 4. Being a positive influence on the kids and a helpful contribution to the staff. To have a hands on experience in the community. To be positive role models for children. To engage children in fun, educational games and also incorporate physical activity into their after school program. To use our knowledge gained in the classroom in the real world. Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Provide a safe place to learn and grow Provide ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals Champaign’s BGC serves over 1,400 children a year Located at 1st Presbyterian Church. Children aged from kindergarten to 5th grade. “Positive place for kids” Volunteered at the club every Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 5 PM. We assisted with power hour from 3-4, which consisted of helping with homework, reading assignments, and playing intellectual games. From 4-5, we ran the Triple Play Program, which incorporates physical activity, team work, and positive relationships. Examples: memory games, hangman, board games, pictionary, “chaboo,” two-hand touch football, 500, SPUD, relay races, sharks and minnows, leap frog, jump rope, tag, etc. Being cautious of our role at the club Lack of structure Cooperation from children, not listening Time conflict for volunteers Communication with the Club The kids LOVE us! Listened to us better as we gained their respect Excited to see us every time we came in Interest 10 volunteers the Fall semester 15 volunteers the Spring semester Support from U of I Students from the staff Authority to take the children to the gym, outside, or a different classroom to do activities Increasing the number of students we bring to volunteer with us. Preparing activities that the kids enjoy. Evaluation: taking a poll in class asking whether or not the kids enjoyed the activity and want to do it again. Incorporating physical activity into the program whenever possible (when the gym is available, when it is nice enough to go outside.) Evaluation: Compare the number of volunteers we had last semester to the number we have this semester. Also send out a survey to the volunteers asking if they would participate in the program again next year and if they have any suggestions for improvement Evaluation: Tally of days we do a physical activity. Being a positive influence on the kids and a helpful contribution to the staff. Evaluation: Observation and communication with staff and kids. Goal1: The number of volunteers increased from 10 to 15. Results of survey: Goal 2: Most children always enjoyed participating in the activities we planned. Goal 3: Participated in a physical activity 20 days/ 24 days Goal 4: The staff trusted us to be in charge of the children and appreciated our enthusiasm to help. The children were excited to see us when we got there and asked when we were coming back when we left. We hope that the College of Applied Health Sciences will always be involved at the Boys and Girls Club. We would like to see students continue to receive James Scholar credit through volunteering at the club. Gianna Dazzo, a junior, will be taking on our project with a twist, incorporating her own ideas. Jordan: I learned how to effectively handle large groups of kids. I learned to be assertive, authoritative, and settle conflicts quickly, but I also realized that sometimes I just needed to listen. Jennifer: I learned that many of the kids just need a friend and that by going there on a regular basis and being positive and friendly really brightened the children’s day. I learned how a smile, a joke, and a hug can go along way.