Shirox Foundation is in constant need of sponsors to help sustain ongoing activities and materials. More specifically, we want to continue our mission to help low-income students and make these services accessible to more children. Remember, we are using the power, creativity and confidence that are inherent in the martial arts tradition to help give our youth a brighter future. And we depend on donations to make this happen.
Our organization wants to expand the curriculum and have the space to provide programs such as: Gymnastics, Tumbling, Dance, Theater, Choir, Wood Shop and a much needed Study Room equipped with computers, printers and tutors where the youth can get help with their homework. Shirox will need assistance to compensate a larger assembled staff including instructors and administrators to keep the programs running smoothly and efficiently.
This is a great way for you and/or your company to get involved with the community and help our program.
According to the U.S. Census as many as 15 million kids have no place to go after school. This leaves our youth exposed to a high crime rate, gang activities and drug related violence that occurs in our community. Teens who do not participate in after school programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes, use drugs, drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual activity. (YMCA of the USA, March 2001). The need for after school programs is essential to keep the youth off the negative influences and dangers the streets provide.
After school programs can offer intangibles such as: the opportunity to engage in activities that help young people realize they have something to contribute to the group; the opportunity to work with diverse peers and adults to create projects, performances, and presentations that receive accolades from their families and the larger community; and the opportunity to develop a vision of life's possibilities that with commitment and persistence, are attainable (afterschoolallstars.org). Additionally, students that participate in after-school programs maintain higher grades, better attendance, less behavioral problems in school, and graduate at higher rates than those not in after-school programs.
Being involved in an after school program also helps contribute to healthier children. Within the past three decades the number of overweight children between the ages of 6 and 12 has doubled. Only two percent of children within this age group meet the recommended minimum number of daily servings from all five-food groups. The number of overweight teens (12-19years) has tripled in the past 30 years. The results of being overweight are both emotional and physical; these children are at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, elevated blood pressure and low self-esteem.
In the end after school programs such as Y.M.A.P, B.I.U. and the Youth Club not only benefit the students but they also provide benefits to the public. Experts agree that investing money in after-school programs saves lives and tax dollars over time. One study concluded that every dollar spent on an after school program produced three dollars in benefits to the public (afterschoolallstar.org).
If you are interested in sponsoring a student, one of the programs or if you are interested in learning more about our services, please contact Master Ray Bosques (Program Director) @ (773) 302-8666. You can also contact us online at:
We would welcome your comments, ideas and support.
We greatly appreciate your generosity. Your donation is helping us give our youth a brighter future.