Junior adding his kind acts to our peace sign.
With your support PAST&E is continuing in our mission to improve the lives of at-risk youth in Portland, Oregon, USA. Here are a few updates from our program:
Great Kindness Challenge
January 26th through 30th marked the Kids for Peace Geat Kindness Challenge of 2015! At PAST&E, we challenged Scholar Athletes, Coach/Tutors, PAST&E families, and volunteers to complete as many kind acts as possible. For each kind act, participants placed a sticker on the peace sign in the hallway. By the end of the week our peace sign was overflowing with all of our Scholar Athlete's kind acts.
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop
"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." - Lao Tzu
USTA Workshops at PAST&E
Monday, January 26th, two outstanding members of the National USTA team made an extra special visit to Portland After-School Tennis & Education to educate our staff, volunteers, and community.
Kirk Anderson, the Director of Coaching Education for the USTA, presented his Coaching 10 & Under Tennis workshop. After a delicious meal made by PAST&E Coaches Gavi and Nora, Bill Leong, the Director of Diversity for the USTA, presented on creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community at PAST&E and SJRC and in the St. Johns neighborhood.
We are extremely grateful for their time and expertise and look forward to implementing these new and innovative techniques in our program. THANK YOU to Kirk and Bill for sharing your knowledge and experience with PAST&E! Thank you to Coach Gavi and Coach Nora for the delicious dinner!
Nike Employees Help Scholar Athletes 'Fill Their Buckets'
Wednesday, February 4th, Wendy, one of our star volunteers, and her co-workers from Nike spent the afternoon at PAST&E. Scholar Athletes and Nike employees partnered to learn about 'The Theory of the Dipper and the Bucket.'
The theory teaches us that each one of us has an invisible bucket. It is constantly emptied or filled depending on what we say or do. When we treat each other well our buckets are full and we feel great! When we treat each other poorly we empty each other's buckets and we feel awful. At the end of the day, Scholar Athletes and Nike employees alike realized the power of being kind to one another. Together we pledged to be bucket fillers and not bucket dippers!
Thank you for your continued support!
Bill Leong, Danice Brown, Kirk Anderson
Angel and Gemma filling buckets with kindness.