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Review for SFK--Success For Kids, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

All of us, especially kids, see the world through the paradigm we learn from our family, and believe that paradigm is the ultimate TRUTH, the one and only way to think and function in the world. SFK gives kids an alternate perspective, and therefore a choice in how they can conduct themselves and live their lives. SFK uses stories, games, and personal examples to demonstrate that real satisfaction and lasting fulfillment is attained by caring for themselves and others, sharing with others, and putting forth effort, rather than selfishly thinking only of themselves and taking the quick and easy way out. Moreover, SFK teaches that we are all connected, another concept that is often counterintuative. SFK shows kids how to take a proactive role in their own lives. SFK targets its program to kids who are at-risk from gang and drug infested inpoverished neighborhoods. However, everyone can benefit from these lessons at any age. As a teacher's assistant, you are forced to confront the ways in which you listen to your opponent's voice to act selfishly or engage in reactive behavior, so the class becomes as much a journey for you as for the kids. Understanding that the class structure is a work in progress, I've witnessed long sessions with too many concepts for the kids to assimilate at one time, and brief sessions that are all talk and not enough physical movement. Without a physical activity at the outset of class, the kids get too restless & can't remain focused on the teacher. Also, the shorter class doesn't afford the time needed to give the kids responsibility for handing out materials, leading their own discussion groups, or taking anything but a passive role in class. Sometimes locating and distributing name tags becomes too time consuming so that the teacher and TA never learn the kids' names. I have also witnessed teachers forsake using SFK tools to discipline kids for traditional scholding and admonishments in a race to cover the material and complete the art or writing project. Whereas the long classes had very time consuming pre and post class meetings, the short sessions afford no time whatsoever to discuss situations or issues that arise in class.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Once kids learn the tools, you can begin to show them how reactive, disruptive behavior will cause undesirable effects in their lives. Since you must walk the talk, you are challenged to put forth more effort in your own life to stop reactive behavior.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Assisted teacher in leading small groups of kids in activities or helping individual kids with their art projects or writing assignments; handed out art materials, books & nameplates; worked with kids causing disruptions/distractions to get them to refocu.