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April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

I taught the students in the CIS after school program Zumba moves. The children really seemed to enjoy the workout and the music. The staff was friendly and participated alongside the children in the Zumba experience. I appreciate how organized and welcoming the coordinator was for this activity. The children were well-behaved and engaged. This is certainly a reflection of the program leadership.

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the manner in which the children talk about the program when asked. I have not run across a student that did not enjoy the opportunities provided by the CIS after school program.

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Pay the workers more for such valuable work.

April 25, 2011

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April 25, 2011

I am the coordinator at Huntington Bank for the E.L.I.T.E. (Exceptional Leaders Inspired Through Excellence) program w/ CIS. This is my third year participating in the mentor program and CIS has done an exceptional job in developing the mentor program.
I look forward to my visits at Cassady
Elementary to discuss and share the developmental assets that we encourage the young men to acknowledge and utilize as they learn to identify and develop their own character. CIS provided the mentors w/ the necessary training and tools to understand the basic background of the students to successfully engage w/ the young men. CIS has devoted the efforts and time in building the foundation to encourage mentors to be positive representatives as we build an environment that will promote an open dialogue and a trust w/ the young men.
I speak well and often of my experience w/ the E.L.I.T.E program as I seek to recruit others to join or at least be informed of the prgram. The results of the program are measured by the feedback received from the parents and teachers of Cassady Elementary as they notice a difference in the behavior of those students who are participants. We, mentors notice the difference in the dialogue, the questions and the conversations as we attend each week. The mentees thinking processes are elavated. The ELITE prgram teaches and encourages our youth to take pride and respect w/in themselves which, translates to a better mentality, improved decision making and interaction w/ others.
As they learn to care more for themselves, the more they will learn to care about others. The more they learn to respect themselves, the less they will want to disrepect others. This is the foundation on which CIS has built the ELITE program.
The road map is clear and the directions are defined-Know who you are, self-identity; Know where you want to be, have a plan; and learn how to avoid or overcome all distractions, utilize your assets.
The eight developmental assets chosen for the ELITE are: Caring, Integrity, Honesty, Responsibility, Planning & Decision Making, Cultural Competence, Resistance Skills and Nonviolent Conflict Resolution.
We encourage, enlighten and empower the students to understand that a life w/ boundaries is a life w/ unlimited potential.
I thank CIS for the opportunity to be a part of a powerful program that reaches out to embrace and educate our young men. The ELITE program allows these young ones to see that they do have options, they do have choices and that their current situations or circumstances are not the end but just an obstacle that they can overcome. The ELITE program deals with life and most importantly, life choices and the key message is your destination is not defined by where you come from, your destination is defined by the decisions you make along the way.
All forward motion is met w/ resistance, what happens next defines your character. The ELITE are recognized.

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The results of the program are measured by the feedback received from the parents and teachers of Cassady Elementary as they notice a difference in the behavior of those students who are participants. We, mentors notice the difference in the dialogue, the questions and the conversations as we attend each week. The mentees thinking processes are elavated.

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Try to find ways to extend the program from elementary to the upper levels of education (middle and High school). This will allow the program to grow w/ the students and be a continuing platform.

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