Louisville’s future SUPERHEROES!
The Global Game Changers and the Muhammad Ali Center, whose closely aligned missions to empower youth with the tools for a successful life, are collaborating to pilot a high quality out-of-school time expanded learning opportunity that will have a lifelong impact on our community’s most underserved population. Believing that out-of-school time presents a unique opportunity to change a child’s life, our goal is to specifically address inequities caused, in part, by the 6000-hour “enrichment gap” experienced by lower income and minority families by the time they reach 6th grade. This gap, which compounds the “achievement gap,” puts these young people even further behind their well-advantaged peers through inequalities created by lack of access to quality afterschool programs, summer camps, preschool education, extracurriculars, enrichment, and parent interaction.
Fifty students in grades K-5th grade from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Whitney Young Elementary in Louisville’s West End will spend every afternoon at the Muhammad Ali Center for 16 weeks immersed in the Global Game Changers interactive educational program that will allow them to discover their inner superpower to make the world a better place, using the equation: MY TALENT + MY HEART = MY SUPERPOWER.
In 2013-2014, the Armstrong Gift for High Ability Education, an eBay Grant, and Your Community Bank donation were used to bring together a joint venture between Greater Clark County Schools and the Muhammad Ali Center to create a “Leadership Academy” for 5th- and 6th-grade highly able students, utilizing the Center’s Character Education program, “Creating Our Futures.” The outcomes of this initial partnership were so successful that in 2014-2015, GCCS expanded our partnership to three grade levels including 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. As such, in October 2014, the Education Team was thrilled to head back into the GCCS middles schools. Over four, very full days, our three Education staff conducted 20 middle school classes reaching over 500 students. In addition, our staff trained a coalition of retired teachers who implemented the “Respect” curriculum in elementary classes throughout the school year. For 2015-2016, MAC programming will take place with 6th-grade advanced ELA classes in November and again in the spring.
For more information visit the GCCS website, and click the image below to watch the video!
Kindergarten Countdown is a partnership between Metro United Way, Louisville Metro, LFPL, JCPS, and PNC Bank with support from cultural and educational institutions throughout the county. The goal of Kindergarten Countdown is to support children’s transitions into kindergarten. The Ali Center will host our portion of Kindergarten Countdown in collaboration with Global Game Changers on Saturday, February 11th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. There will be free admission for all incoming kindergarten students and their parent or guardian. Kids will be able to participate in a word scavenger hunt and book reading.