The Let's Give Them a Shot program is currently active in two at-risk organizations in the Los Angeles area.
Celerity Education Group, donating sports equipment as well as funding to assist with their PE activities,
& The Girls Club of L.A. teaching multiple sports classes to children ages 2-5 including Soccer, T-ball, & Basketball.
Vulnerable children in at-risk neighborhoods often lack after school programs and, too often, parental influence may be absent.
Throughout the program, the kids learn sports skills, game rules, and life lessons such as teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership, as well as being the best they can be individually and collectively.
Young people who succumb to risk factors are often without an involved, caring adult who can offer a positive alternative. But through positive coaching and exposure to quality, non-competitive influence, there is hope to effect these children’s lives.
The Let's Give Them a Shot program subscribes to the belief that teaching the fundamentals of each sport enriches children at all levels, ages and skills. Learn more about the Mission of Let's Give Them a Shot.Read More
Coaches In Training Program
Coach Derek Locklear, the Founder and Head Coach of LGTS, wanting to target underserved high school students, from the same communities as his elementary school participants, has created a Coaches-In-Training Program. Through this program, a select group of teenagers would be paid to lead, coach, and mentor a group of young children. Before becoming paid employees, potential coaches would be screened in an interview process, and subsequently trained during actual LGTS sessions.
Become a part of the Coaches-In-Training program.
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Combating the Myths
- Myth: There is nothing you can do to prevent youth crime.
- Myth: Just keeping kids in at night would take care of most crime & violence.
- Myth: Children are more at risk of being victims of violence in schools than at home.
- Myth: The epidemic of violent behavior by youth that marked the early 1990's is over.
- Myth: African American and Hispanic youths are more likely to become involved in violence than other racial or ethnic groups.
- Myth: Very few children die by suicide.