Nebraska PlaySmart Academy

CURRICULUM & ACTIVITIES

Combining the best of summer “day-camps,” experiential education and athletics, the Academy provides an intensely unique but fun experience for middle school youth where sitting around is minimized, the learning and participating is maximized and the impact is real.

Many of the activities featured at our Academy are below:

  • Warm-up, exercise and nutrition instruction for good health and physical fitness.
  • A “learn to swim” or “learn to swim better” experience crucial for all youth.
  • Exposure to 5-6 sports (some non-traditional such as lacrosse, rugby, archery, low/high ropes, rock climbing, fishing, tennis, volleyball).
  • Life skills workshops on topics such as health/nutrition, leadership/service, confidence building, public speaking, manners and etiquette.
  • Mentoring sessions with guest speakers such as professional athletes and coaches, Olympic athletes, elected officials, and community, faith and corporate leaders.
  • Academic workshops focused on study and organization skills, time management, goal setting, subject specific skills and college/career readiness.
  • Purpose driven field trips bringing the goals of the Academy to life for the participants (and to provide an extra element of fun).

PLAYSMART LEADERSHIP ACADEMY NOMINATION

Students will develop leadership and teamwork skills while creating a strong foundation on how to lead.  These students will be coached on how to lead and will be put into situations where they will practice refining their skills on leadership.  During this week long academy students will become confident leaders and be given tools to use back in their perspective schools.  While attending the academy students will work on 5 Pillars: Respect, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Honesty, and Hard work.  They will be exposed to  10 speakers throughout the week who have become leaders in their profession and they will work on two projects while attending the academy: Community Service Project and Literacy Project.

The students will develop and be expected to implement a literacy based project during the 2015/2016 school year.

Who: Current 7th grade students who want to be developed into leaders through a week long leadership training

Participation in organized sports has both social and physical benefits for young children: physical, mood and mental health, self-esteem, and promotes positive social effects

David Wright, Chairman

SCHOOL YEAR ACADEMY ACTIVITIES

In order to further the development of our summer Academy participants, PlaySmart provides follow-up group activities throughout the school year on a weekend or off-school night.  A local community center or middle school generally serves as the gathering place before each activity.  These activities include but are not limited to community service projects, sporting events or other purpose driven events, leadership workshops with guest speakers and athletic opportunities such as pick-up games.

The purpose of these activities is to continue relationship building and to provide a “check-in” on the participant’s academic progress, athletic interests and overall well-being.  Additionally, these meetings provide more time to reinforce the outcomes and goals of the Academy.

SUMMER ACADEMIES REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION

GET YOUR GAME ONE

JUNE 5 – JUNE 9, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
THE KROC CENTER SALVATION ARMY
2825 Y Street, Omaha, NE

The PlaySmart Leadership Academy is a one-of-a-kind summer experience for youth featuring sports, physcial fitness, life and leadership skills development and academic enrichment!  Join other young people for one-week of fun and memories that will last a lifetime!
Guest Speakers:

  • Terrance Mackey, Omaha Youth Gang Director
  • Jannette Taylor, winner of Omaha Women of the Year
  • John Ewing, Douglas County Treasurer
  • Monique Cribbs, Recruitment, Metropolitan Community College
  • Abbott Michael, Mount Michael
  • Katrina Booker, Marketing Director, Ameritrade

Features:

  • Sports and Physical Fitness
  • Swimming (all levels welcome; certified instruction/supervision provided)
  • Life skills workshops
  • Mentoring sessions with guest speakers and staff
  • Academic enrichment workshops
  • Lunch, snacks and drinks each day
  • Transportation to/from the Academy site (as available)
  • T-shirts and other cool stuff
  • Instruction and guidance from background-screened and trained staff and volunteers

Registration:

Space is limited.  All participants must provide the following to attend:

  • Completed participant application filled out by parent/guardian
  • Signature of recommendation by a coach, teacher or mentor (see application)
  • Chilren who meet the federal Free and Reduced Lunch guidelines receive priority

For further information and an Academy application please contact:

Chad Soupir
Principal at Elkhorn Valley View Middle School
Regional Director of PlaySmart
csoupir@epsne.org
402.289.0362

DOWNLOADS
  • Leadership Academy Flyer

    Download the 2017 PlaySmart Leadership Academy  flyer.

  • Leadership Academy Registration

    Download the 2017 PlaySmart Leadership Academy Registration form.

  • Leadership Academy Counselor Application

    Download the 2017 PlaySmart Leadership Academy Counselor application and Child Interaction Policy.

  • Commonly Asked Questions

    Download the Commonly Asked Questions about the PlaySmart Leadership Academy.

  • PlaySmart Grant

    Download the PlaySmart $250 Grant Form for students in need.

Playsmart Leadership Academy Councilor Application:

If you are interested in working with middle school students to help develop leadership and teamwork skills please fill out the application.

You will be working with students nominated by their teacher or principal who they see as potential leaders.  These students will be coached on how to lead and will be put into situations where they will practice refining their skills on leadership.  During this week long academy students will become confident leaders and be given tools to use back in their perspective schools.  While attending the academy students will work on 5 Pillars: Respect, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Honesty, and Hard work.  They will be exposed to 10 speakers throughout the week who have become leaders in their profession and they will work on two projects while attending the academy.  The students will develop and be expected to implement a literacy based project during the 2015/2016 school year.

2017, PlaySmart.com