Payin’ The Price Event
February 12, 2012
As February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, UWANTGAME, along with Youth Leaders of Emmanuel, The Alice Mann Center, the Bedford YMCA, hosted a screening of the award-winning film Payin’ The Price – a story about teen dating violence. The film was directed by 16-year-old New Jersey native Jordan Coleman, who was inspired to develop the movie following the 2009 Chris Brown/Rihanna incident. This event brought dating violence to light like never before, and after learning that 1 in 3 teens have been victimized or knew somebody who has, Coleman was determined to raise awareness about this serious, yet rarely discussed, issue. UWANTGAME thought it was an important issue, too, and was pleased to help spread its powerful message. The screening, held at Long Island University-Brooklyn, was the first for UWG.
UNCF Empower Me Tour
October 22, 2011
The UNCF Empower Me Tour (EMT) platform was created to empower a movement among young people, motivating them towards academic excellence, personal responsibility and fiscal health through relevant program content and celebrity engagement. UWANTGAME student-athletes participated in the NYC tour stop, where they attended various workshops that focused on topics such as personal branding, essay writing, financial responsibility and healthy cooking.
Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play
September 24, 2011
As part of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, a select group of our student-athletes traveled to Washington DC to participate in Nickelodeon’s annual event that encourages kids to exercise and play. UWANTGAME spent the day running the basketball station where a number of NBA All-Stars including LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, stopped by to take part in the fun. Our students, who blogged about their experiences, were featured on Nickelodeon’s blog.
September 18, 2011
UWANTGAME kicked off the year with a mentor training session led by Kym Ward Gaffney, US Coaching Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Gaffney focused on techniques for building the mentor-mentee relationship, including how to create a climate of trust and the importance of credibility, reliability, intimacy and self-orientation.