This year has been an interesting one to say the least. Although nothing has gone as planned, we were able to readjust our summer plans with PUMA into a fall/winter program called INSPIRE, focused on ball, fitness, wellness and culture. Our goal was to create experiences off the court that encouraged the youth to be more creative as well as take better care of themselves physically and mentally.
The youth were provided with a pair of Puma lifestyle sneakers, a pair of Puma Hoops sneakers, a backpack, a water bottle, a notebook and a couple of t-shirts and a crewneck they got a chance to customize.
Unfortunately due to the more severe restrictions, the program came to a close prematurely but we were still able to salvage a few memorable moments.
The Hydroflora team gave our INSPIRE youth a workshop on how to make their own planters out of old basketballs. The guys were also given a crash course on how to pot and care for their new plants at home.
SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP W/ THE LETTER BET PRESS:
The Letter Bet Press team, Kev and Louis gave our youth and volunteers a tutorial on the screen printing process. After learning about the different steps, the youth got a chance to print on their tie dye shirts.
TIE DYE WORKSHOP W/ ESKAY:
Our youth learned about the tie dying process through a workshop led by Eskay who showed them various ways they could get creative with patterns that give their white t-shirts a look that fit their personality. Each youth had the opportunity to dye 2 different t-shirts.
DANCE WORKSHOP W/ MAYCIE:
The workshop started with a quick run down of the origins of Hip Hop and the different elements that compose the culture. Maycie followed with a warm up + stretch as well as a choreography session. Finally, the group was split in 2 and each team had 30 minutes to come up with their own original choreography as they would have to battle against the opposing team!
We were reluctant to tell the youth what the workshop was in advance but on the spot, they all got out of their comfort zones and were fully engaged. It just shows how open minded people can be when in the right environment.