SCORES Profile: Coach Stephan
Born and raised on the west side of Chicago, Stephan is a former poet-athlete who now coaches a SCORES team in the neighborhood where he grew up. Initially more interested in poetry, the program helped him discover his passion for soccer.
“When I played basketball in the neighborhood, I would put the ball on the ground and kick it like a soccer ball, so soccer was a natural fit for me,” said Stephan.
Inspired Art Recap
This year, our Inspired Art 2017 fundraiser was held on November 3rd at the Peter Mars Gallery in the West Loop. The event was a great way to showcase the incredible art that was inspired by our poet athletes. In addition to bidding on the art and eating delicious food provided by Food For Thought, the guests were treated to spectacular performances by Melany, Nancy, and Yaritzy, three of our middle school poet athletes from Castellanos. At the end of the night, we raised over $5,000 in support of our innovative youth development program - Literacy in Action - and had a great time doing it!
Getting Healthy with SCORES
UIC Partnership for Health Promotion
Our very own Coach Brandon works with the UIC Partnership for Health Promotion to provide informative and interactive health and nutrition workshops for all our 3rd - 5th grade teams. At Mason, Quantay was surprised to learn about the amount of "hidden sugar" in the everyday foods he eats (or at least used to eat...). For example, there are over 9 teaspoons of sugar in one Coke. That means after drinking one can of soda you have already gone over your daily recommended sugar intake! After studying a few nutrition labels, the students learned that if you can't pronounce an ingredient then you probably shouldn't eat it!
November's Community Poetry Slams!
This year we had separate Community Poetry Slams for our elementary and middle school students. The Middle School poet-athletes had their slam on November 16th at Spry Elementary School. A number of poet athletes shared their powerful poetry, addressing a wide range of issues from immigration and social injustice to losing a loved one. In addition to these performances, each team shared the music video they created with help from Tiny's Performing Arts Center. The Castellanos Girls team was chosen as the winner of the Golden Microphone! The next night, the Elementary School teams had their Community Slam at Mason Elementary School. Individual poet athletes shared their poetry and each team performed a team poem. At the end of the night, the judges crowned the Hughes Boys team as the winners of the Golden Microphone for their poem about empowerment. See them perform at the Red Carpet Poetry Slam in March!
Passport to High School Success
More than 95 students from 7 schools participated in the annual Passport to High School Success (PHSS) Fair, made possible through a partnership between America SCORES Chicago and Changing Worlds (CW). Students from SCORES middle school teams and Changing worlds art programs gathered at Curie Metropolitan High School for workshops that included career-mapping activities, interviewing etiquette, conflict resolution, and navigating the new CPS high school application process. Students also met with SCORES and CW alumni to learn about their current high school experiences.