DUNK Grassroots

DUNK! Developing Unity, Nurturing Knowledge is a non-profit organization providing safe spaces for youth from deprived communities to grow, learn, play and socialize. Through our main tool being Basketball but also Life Skills Training and Academic Support, we empower our members to become agents of change in their communities. OUR OBJECTIVES Provide safe and healthy environment in which youth development is put forward. Promote Respect, Self-Esteem, Leadership, Commitment and Teamwork. Encourage children to excel in and out the classroom using sports as a motivational tool for success. Promote Gender Equality and empowerment of girls OUR METHOD ...

DUNK Grassroots
B544/27 Dzagble Lane, New Achimota
Accra, Ghana 376 MD, Accra
Ghana
+233544701497
http://www.dunkgrassroots.org

Co Founder, CEO

Marie-Eve Lemieux

Management Team

Nii A Solomon, Eckow Amoako, Salim Hussein

Board of Directors

Marie-Eve Lemieux, Mohammed S Tahir, Emmanuel Nii Lartey

Project Leaders

Marie-Eve Lemieux

Mission

DUNK! Developing Unity, Nurturing Knowledge is a non-profit organization providing safe spaces for youth from deprived communities to grow, learn, play and socialize. Through our main tool being Basketball but also Life Skills Training and Academic Support, we empower our members to become agents of change in their communities. OUR OBJECTIVES Provide safe and healthy environment in which youth development is put forward. Promote Respect, Self-Esteem, Leadership, Commitment and Teamwork. Encourage children to excel in and out the classroom using sports as a motivational tool for success. Promote Gender Equality and empowerment of girls OUR METHOD Based on a three Pillar theory, DUNK builds on traditional extracurricular activities and emphasize on academics, education, social empowerment, and well being through our expertise in Basketball. 1. Athletic Development This pillar helps us appeal and reach out to children living in deprived communities. 2. Academic Development Through Academic Follow-ups, we are able to monitor our members' academic performances and offer tutorials to those in need. 3. Personal Development Through Community Service Hours and Life-Skills training, the players are given the tools to have a social impact and are encouraged to get involved in their own community.

Programs

Through play, we focus on 5 core values: Leadership. We believe the children can influence change in their community. Teamwork. In any collective sport, players have to work hand in hand to achieve a common goal. The victory depends on the effort of all. Commitment and Perseverance. Players have to commit themselves to train on specific days and make sacrifices for the benefit of the team. Respect. Coming from different backgrounds, we learn how to respect individual differences as well as respect the rules established by the team. Self-esteem. We are teaching the kids to trust in themselves, to stand up for what they believe and resist peer pressure. Since 2011, DUNK has been working in 5 communities of Ghana reaching out to 650 youth in 2012 alone. On average, we have between 30 - 50 youth on our courts every day. In order to reach out to the neediest, we also established a free renting system for shoes and practice jerseys that benefits every member of the organization. Giving the fact that we work in male dominated countries, promotion of equality and gender advocacy is also part of our programs. To that matter, all-girls teams were established where particular attention is put on gender specific issues such as teenage pregnancy, low educational level, abuses, and more. *** In a report on Sport, Education and Child & Youth Development, The International Platform on Sport & Development stated that: 'Through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn about the importance of key values such as honesty, teamwork, fair play, respect for themselves and others and adherence to rules. It also provides a forum for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing.' Life-Skills trainings It is mandatory for all our participants to take part in the 5 session trainings on the 5 core values. *** According to Sport & Development, "The role of sport in inclusion has shown to be strongly linked to building social cohesion and social capital among young people and adults in communities. Sport has been used as a practical tool to engage young people in their communities through volunteering, resulting in higher levels of leadership, community engagement and altruism among young people" . Community Service Hours DUNK members are encouraged to take active part in their communities and the organization. *** Research also suggests that sport can be used as a mean to reduce deviant behaviour among children and youth. "We know the reasons why a young person turns to crime. They include having no role models, no self-respect, no self-discipline, and nothing better to do." Tessa Jowell MP DCMS Secretary of State, 21 March 2002 Teachers' reports and Parents' meetings Every term, DUNK organises parents meeting to discuss the future development of the organization but also to give a voice to the parents of our young beneficiaries. These meetings allow them to express themselves on challenges they face at home with their children and to receive support and advices from ABaCoDe staff and other parents. For us, it is a mean of monitoring our young players' behaviour outside the court and their progress. Moreover, every mid-term, the teachers receive a Follow-Up sheet to report on the members' behaviour in class. *** According to Sport and Economic Development, from the International Platform on Sport & Development, "Being involved in sport can equip young people with specific 'core' and 'soft' skills that may raise their level of employability . Therefore, Sport is a mean to build skills for employability." Coaching clinics and links within the communities For DUNK it is essential for the sustainability of our programs that our ambassadors are "locals", issued from the communities we are working with. Therefore, all our staff members, basketball ambassadors, and tutors are from Ghana. In order to strengthen the capacity of our local ambassadors, coaches clinics are organized and various tools are put at their disposal. *** Bien dans mes basket is a preventive and psychosocial development program that uses extracurricular basketball as an intervention tool. The program has enabled dozens of potential dropouts to find new meaning in school through Basketball. BDMB believes that the feeling of belonging combined with sport contribute to academic perseverance. Academic follow-up and tutorial sessions We initiated a system where each member is given an academic file. At the end of every term, each member presents a copy of its report for review and record keeping. The students and DUNK staff then meet to evaluate their performance and set objectives for the following term. The children are also offered tutoring classes run by volunteers from the community and in concordance with the National Curriculum. DUNK is also offering support to the neediest children of the community to either reintegrate school for those who dropped out or pursue their studies for those who have financial issues. At the moment, we have 4 beneficiaries of the scholarships. ***

Statistics on DUNK Grassroots

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2012: $25,000
  • Other funding sources: 20% in Kind 70% International Foundation 10% Individual donors and corporations
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