In an effort to provide area youth with positive influences, the ASEWU is putting together a K-12 Community Outreach Program where student leaders both on and off the field are sharing their life experiences to give back to the community.
“The K-12 Outreach program is a chance for students leaders both on the field and in the classroom to share past experiences both good and bad to local youth in a chance to provide a good positive example to students in need of positive role models in society,” said Dan Clark, ASEWU Athletic Affairs.
Assisting Clark with the Community Outreach Program is Larry Bellart, Director of Life Management for EWU Athletics. Bellart sits down with EWU athletes to determine which athletes would be best suited to be for the program, while Clark coordinates the appearances.
This program isn’t limited to EWU student athletes, however, as other positive role models from the campus community will participate as well.
“Larry’s help with coordinating the athletes is very beneficial because he knows their personality from having the opportunity to sit down and determine which athletes can provide the best benefit for area youth to learn from through their experiences,” said Clark.
Among the topics discussed by the students participating in the outreach program are goal setting, leadership ability, the pitfalls of drug use, teaching values and how that contributes to your character.
“The youth of the greater Spokane valley are in need of positive influences as role models, and that’s the type of leaders we have at Eastern, so it makes perfect sense to help instill those positive values to our youth as an opportunity to give back to our community,” said Clark.
The program was started by Clark last spring when he took over the Athletic Affairs position on the AS council vacated by Todd Moser. Clark says the feedback from the community has been very positive.
“We’ve received nothing but positive feedback and encouragement from our visit to Cheney Middle School last spring, and they are very excited about having us come back to visit their students again,” said Clark.
The next appearance for students to speak to local youth is tentatively scheduled for Cheney Middle School in Shannon Espinoza’s fifth grade leadership class on November 17. Other events for student appearances are in the works and should be finalized in the near future. For more information on the K-12 Outreach Program and how you can help, please call Dan Clark at 359-7937.