In Beijing migrant schools, TALENT mobilizes young girls on the basketball court to become confident, caring, courageous, and committed leaders. The practical curriculum teaches communication and collaboration, and develops positive self-images. All despite gender and socioeconomic barriers they face as a marginalized population in Chinese society.
More than 100,000 children from throughout China study in Beijing's migrant schools. Socio-economic stigma of the migrant community and gender bias causes girls to face limited opportunities to practice leadership and life skills as a team player. Via basketball, TALENT gives 200 girls opportunities to develop beyond these challenges.
The program develops player's social skills, such as interpersonal skills, and other essential qualities of strong leaders. The program seeks to inspire these girls to put into play these transferable lessons to positively impact their communities - wherever they may be.
In China, basketball isn't 'a women's sport.' TALENT breaks this notion - and gets girls competing and leading. To date, 682 girls have participated in the TALENT Basketball program at our multiple partner schools. In the future, we hope to collaborate with more migrant schools, possibly beyond Beijing.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Migrant Community Challenges in Beijing
Migrant Population Beijing: Quick Stats
Yale-China Health Journal: Urban Migrant Children