Poe Man's Dream Foundation launched a community outreach program for Middle School students around Memphis. The first program of many was held at Kate Bond Middle School. Dontari Poe’s Dream is to utilize his platform as an NFL player to give back to underprivileged children in his hometown community. Earlier this year, Poe launched Poe Man’s Dream foundation to bring about his vision of helping under-served youth in Memphis, TN and Kansas City, MO.
The Dream Big, Build Strong program is a 12-week incentive-based program that exposes children to new things and teaches them valuable life lessons in health, education, and physical activity. Over the course of the program, one class of about thirty students will engage in activities that help them to eat healthier, better themselves in school, and take care of their physical health. Volunteers in the culinary, athletic and educational space will come from across Memphis and speak to them during three of the twelve weeks. Students will be rewarded with prizes as they successfully go through the program.
Dream Big, Build Strong Career Day
On November 29th, we had a Dream Big, Build Strong career assembly. The assembly consisted of the entire 6th grade student body at Kate Bond Middle School in Memphis, TN. We were able to reach 400 students and it aimed to teach the students what it takes to get into good colleges and which careers are out there that might interest them. It coincided with their state testing.
Overall, the event was a success. We had three speakers come in for the day who each spoke about their various experiences and what the students can do to benefit themselves. After each speaker finished, we had a Q&A where the students could ask them whatever questions they might have. The assembly lasted about an hour. Prior to attending, we had all of the students complete a worksheet that centered on what their skills and values are, and where they might place themselves in terms of a potential career. Some of the teachers used it as a writing prompt so that the students could reflect on it however they saw fit.
We would like to thank Angela Copeland of Copeland Coaching, Matthew Rhodes from the University of Memphis, and Dr. Alfred Hall from LeMoyne Owen University for volunteering their time.
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