An extension of the Mentorship and Leadership program, Africa Centre’s Basketball program enlists the partnerships and assistance of notable coaches that model positive, responsible behaviour while engaging youth in recreational skills development. We capitalize on positive peer influence formed through collective recreational engagement.
Using the developmental assets model and the protective factors/resiliency framework, we created an activity that moves away from a “fun and games” approach to one that includes supplying the supports and opportunities necessary to enable youth to thrive in the community. Our intent is to enhance youth skills and assets. In addition, we favor a more structured approach to increase the intensity and impact of our program.
The Africa Centre Basketball enlists the partnerships and assistance of notable coaches that model positive, responsible behavior while engaging youth in recreational skills development. We also capitalize on positive peer influence formed because of collective recreational engagement.
Our goal is to foster in youths the following:
Advanced basketball skills
Healthy and trust-based relationships
Communication, conflict resolution, and anger management
Time management and organization
Teamwork and Leadership skills
Opportunities for school athletics participation
Improve in academics and attitude.
Are less likely to indulge in at-risk behaviours (school suspension, substance abuse, police involvement, recidivism)
Experience improvement in self-concept: trusting relationships with family, peers, mentors, self-reliance, self-esteem.
Foster positive cultural identity.
Acquire knowledge and skills pertinent to their personal, professional, and/or leadership skills/plans.
Increase in constructive behaviour, e.g., community engagement, new activities & interests.
Gain professional guidance in chosen careers
8 years and above
Thursdays: 6pm - 8pm and Sundays: 4pm - 6pm