Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Program Director Boys & Girls Club Makawao

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I just got a job as the Program Director at the Makawao Clubhouse for the Boys & Girls Club. I started on April 8th, and I could not be happier. I will be working 30 hours a week, either 12-6, or 1-7, Monday through Friday. There are 80-100 kids that come to the club after school from schools upcountry. Haiku Elementary, Makawao Elementary, Kula Elementary, Kalama Intermediate, Kamehameha Middle School & High School, King Kekaulike High School, and Seabury Hall  Middle School & High School students attend the club ages 9-18. They can check in and out on their own, so it is up to us to engage them in activities using the five pillars of the Boys & Girls Club: Character & Leadership Development, Health & Life Skills, Arts, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, and Career & Education Development. I have been brought in to bring Sports, Fitness & Recreation to the club. Yesterday we threw together a basketball game with the elementary versus the middle school. The kids are very competitive and it was a test of my referee skills. I quickly realized that I needed to be more prepared in every way to run a successful game. Tempers flared, but overall it was a fun 50 minutes out there on the court. Today I have taken my administrative time to familiarize myself with the game of flag football. I thought that I could start the program today with four drills touching on basic skills of the game. Then we can play a short 10 minute half, four down game. This way the pace will be rapid, and we won't get overtired out in the sun, and everyone will have a chance to touch the ball. The Makawao Clubhouse is located in Eddie Tam park. There are several fields for us to choose from, and it is well maintained. I am super excited to bring sports activities to the children, and want to not only teach them various games (and become a student of sports myself) but I want to instill leadership, and a healthy lifestyle. I lead a healthy life, and I want to be an example of that for the kids. 

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