Andys The Listening Service is primarily ia counselling service for everyone and anyone to use although it deals mainly with issues dealing with disability. It is open to both abled bodied and disabled persons, their carers as well as medical professionals.We look forward to hear from you.Andys thoughts: Hi and Welcome to the second instalment of my weekly journal as I try to guide you through the universe that is Andy! I hope you are enjoying the experience. So buckle up and enjoy your galactic excursion. I will continue to try to Motivate and encourage you. Regular visitors will have noticed quite a few changes to the web site lately two obvious ones is the changing sections displayed across the navigation bar that is because I wanted to introduce more upbeat positive sections rather than harping on about downbeat negative ones, I wanted to cheer the place up a little. Put a smile on visitors faces . So we have totally revamped the the navigation bar Pushing issues such as anger and depression into health and suicide, bullying, gangs into youthTo create enough room for two new sections, one is called the art s therapiesand deals with art, music, drama, & voice therapies, it includes a links to organisations dealing with art therapies, plus a list of art and craft sites, suppliers, clubs etc. It has widely been proved that taking part in such activities can be both relaxing and therapeutic. The second new section deals with disabled sport which contains a list of sporting and recreational activities open to disabled people. It also gives information and links directly to the disability Wales website. Sport can be very therapeutic as well as helping to keep you fit and healthy. Third new section is disability and deals with all kinds of disability issues. I do hope these new sections serve to motivate and Inspire and ultimately encourage you to participate fully”-Andy Phillips Thought of the week: As an irrigator guides water to his fields, as an archer aims an arrow, as a carpenter carves wood, the wise shape their lives. –Buddha
Good News of the week: What began as one man’s passion to help at risk kids has become the vision of many through the Playmakers Mentoring Foundation and their innovative program which began in the Sacramento CA area. Developed and led by Coach Greg Roeszler (AKA Coach Roz) and his dedicated staff of assistant coaches, Playmakers is drawing kids off the streets and out of gangs to be part of this amazing outreach where children are loved and respected and taught to be the best they can be. Through their inspiring leadership, Roz and his coaches use the game of football to teach boys how to play by the rules, to respect others, how to be a good citizen and a leader in their community.
Obviously, it is going to take generations to break the cycle that poverty and broken families have created, but now there is hope. Coach Roz and his dedicated team of coaches are showing the boys not only what it means to be a real man, they are teaching them what a husband and father should be like so they can adopt those roles with integrity when their time comes.
Grades and attendance at the high school where Coach Roz began this program were so bad that even with a 2.0 requirement for sports, the school had to shut down the JV program. The kids just couldn’t qualify. Then along came Coach Roz. Immediately he raised the grade requirement to 2.5 and opened the Bulldog program (early morning tutoring sessions) so the kids could succeed. To everyone’s amazement and delight, the kids came.
Now the program embraces schools in surrounding communities, thus forming a network that has spread across the valley and throughout the state. But Playmakers doesn’t stop there. Playmakers holds free three-day football camps throughout the State of California for kids who otherwise would never have the opportunity to participate in special sports events. And the word is getting out. Calls are coming in from around the country from people who want to bring this much-needed outreach to their communities as well.
Here are just a few of the keys that make this program work:
Playmakers provides mentoring as well as middle and high school football camps. Currently they are serving over 1,000 kids, more than 50 coaches, and countless single parents.
Coach Roz holds Coaching for Character Clinics for coaches so they, too, will know how to teach character both on and off the field.
Youth from surrounding schools are welcomed into Playmakers, thus creating a state-wide network for at-risk kids.
To be a Playmaker, students must agree to participate in community service. Already, the results are dramatic. As these at-risk kids learn to work with others and contribute to their community, their growing self-esteem and positive attitudes touch every area of their lives. Kids who have not been able to get along are learning to work together and respect each other.
Because the program has made such a positive impact on the students, the high school where Coach Roz teaches now requires anyone who “gets in trouble” to become part of the “football family” in order to be reinstated in the school.
Coach Roz tells us that kids never came into the school’s weight room before, but they are coming now, and not just once in a while, but regularly.
Students who participate in the Bulldog program receive backpacks emblazoned with the logo, “Student Athlete.” The backpacks have quickly become a source of pride among the participants, and a magnet for those not yet in the program.
Coach Roz and his staff love all these kids as if they were their own, and the kids know it. These are boys who have either one or no parents, who live in the streets, sleep in garages and worse, but they will do anything for their coaches because the coaches honestly believe in them.
Everyone who is part of this program gets to play in every game. Even though many coaches only play their “best” players to give their team the best chance of winning, Coach Roz is more interested in affecting lives than affecting the score of a game. While he also would like for his team to win, he is teaching them and showing them that to be a real winner, all you have to do is give your best.
Playmakers has developed a mentoring chain of responsibility. It begins by assigning adult mentors to students who would benefit from this kind of support. But the program doesn’t stop there. Students who show responsibility are taught how to mentor children younger than they are, and then they are given a child to watch over and guide. Thus the young child answers to his student mentor, and the student mentor answers to his adult mentor. The mentoring chain is proving to be a powerful and effective way to teach kids how to care for themselves and others.
By changing the lives of these young men, Playmakers is changing future generations as well. Through Playmakers and their football camps, coaches are able to connect with the boys and then follow them back into their lives, where they act as role models both on and off the field. Truly, this is a noble work that not only is creating a better day for today’s young men, it is bringing promise for their future as well.
For more information, please use the following contacts:
Coach Greg Roeszler ~ 916-220-1284 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Our web site: www.theplaymakers.org
Historian & Publicity: Donna Miesbach, 402-330-2474, email@example.com
Promotion & Publicity: David Humm, 702-871-0410, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mondays Quote: If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Rollo May
Tuesdays Quote: Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance. Arthur Schopenhauer
Wednesdays Quote: Interpretation is the evidence of growth and knowledge, the latter through sorrow— that great teacher. Eleonora Duse
Thursdays Quote: You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside. Wayne Dyer
Fridays Quote: Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind Earl Nightingale
Saturdays Quote: Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for? Robert Browning
Sundays Quote: Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving. W.Clement Stone
More great quotations next week.
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