Writing Coach Training Prepares Poet-Athletes for the Stage and Screen
New Grant Partnerships from New York Life Foundation and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation
As a Grants for Good recipient, the New York Life Foundation is working with us to create a more effective and robust high school readiness program. They support projects like ours that help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders get to ninth grade on time. Research has shown that for disadvantaged students, more learning time in the form of high-quality after school, expanded-day, and summer programs leads to greater achievement, better school attendance, and more engaged students.
The Laureus Sport For Good Foundation, in addition to funding our core Literacy in Action program, is also helping us update and implement program evaluation techniques as we aim to better capture High Impact Attributes in accordance with extensive research and best practices developed by Up2Us Sports. Never one to rest on our laurels, SCORES strives to ensure our program remains as effective as possible and our poet-athletes benefit the most.
Coach Edy enters the Spotlight! Edy is the girls' soccer mentor and coach at Castellanos Elementary School! Edy has been a dedicated and passionate coach with SCORES for 4 years. His favorite SCORES value is teamwork, because by working together his girls have learned that they can accomplish their goals and understand the importance of individual commitment to a team and to each other. When asked what he wants his girls to know, he said, "that they have power and they can do anything they set their minds to. I want them to be strong women and to define for themselves what it means to be an empowered girl."
Tiana, SCORES Alumna
Whittier Boys Learn about Imagery in Poetry
Coach Mak explains, "This season I wanted to emphasizes imagery in our poems. We talked about how images can set the mood and tone of our writing. We worked on finding colorful language to make our poems more visual as well as entertaining. After every writing assignment students would draw an illustration to go along with their poem. They would then compare the two and see if their drawing was able to illustrate their thoughts and feelings that went into writing the poem. If not, students would go back and edit their poems to add written images."