The vision of the founder is to create "A proven foundation that inspires below-to-average students to achieve academic greatness based on their choice."
The Leon Goodrum Foundation will accomplish this vision by focusing its efforts in the areas of "Academic Skills," "Life Skills," "Professional Skills," and "Fine Arts and Spiritual Skills." The bullets below offer a snapshot of the programs that will be taught and implemented by the Goodrum Foundation.
- Education – Reading, Math and Science
- Life Skills – Self Realization, Application of personal Goals, Application of Business module, Community Awareness and Scholarships
- Professional Skills – Computer skills, Job application Process, Interview skills, Introduction to Business, Social and Business Groups
- Fine Arts Skills – Music and Art appreciation, Talent skills development, Digital media, Intro to the Entertainment Business.
The Leon Goodrum Foundation will use measured data to track success or failure of these programs and adjust accordingly. The Founder and Board will require quarterly reports from all program directors.
There are three main components of the program--Education, Character Development, and Mentoring. To learn more about them, click the tabs below.
The Education component of the program is currently available to students in grades 3-5 and focuses on tutoring in Math, Science & Reading. The different areas emphasized for each subject are as follows:
- Math: Basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, place value, geometry (shapes), word problems, measurements
- Science: Plants, animals, habitats, scientific method, force, weather, magnets, matter (solids, liquids, and gases), fossils
- Reading: Identifying main idea, details, setting, plot, sequence (first, next, last), making inferences, cause & effect. Included Language Arts tutoring: nouns, pronouns, subject/verb agreement & phonics
The character development program is directed by Reverend Hulon Kemp. The targeted population for this program consists of youth from ages 8-21 and transcends race, age, gender, religion and socio-economic status. This project is to serve youth and their parent/s who are in jeopardy of failing in life and society. Children and youth exhibiting one or more of the following behaviors/characteristics would benefit most from this program:
Academic failure; first time youth offender; behavior or conduct problem in school, home, or community; incarceration or on probation; truancy or inappropriate classroom behavior; no respect for authority figures; single parent, divorced parents or step-parent household; parent/s previously or currently incarcerated; homeless or previous experience with being homeless; suspended from school (including in-house); loner or isolated; disregard for rules; sexual acting out; use of alcohol or drugs
The specific program components are:
- Mentorship: The program will provide each child and youth one-to-one relationships with an adult male or female. A mentor will meet a minimum of 1 and a half hours bi-weekly with participant.
- Goal Setting/Process: The program will help the participant develop short-term goals, which will give them the knowledge of what must be accomplished to reach their future and long-term goal/s. There are seven sessions and each will last a minimum of 2 hours.
- Rites of Passage: Participants will be trained to reach academic, spiritual, and personal goals. The sessions of the program consist of six sessions. Two hours will be spent covering each session. Youth are assisted in choosing their destiny, living a life of integrity, and mapping a road to authentic manhood.
- Anger Management/Conflict Resolution: This training will consist of a minimum of six sessions and a maximum of 10 sessions. Each session will last 1 hour and 30 minutes. Youth will be instructed in identifying anger, understanding it, and appropriately dealing with it.
- Alcohol/ Drug Education/ Prevention/Intervention: The curriculum that is used for this program is Heads Up: Real News about Drugs and Your Body. This curriculum is a drug education program created by Scholastic Inc. and the scientists of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The goal of this curriculum is to give participants science-based facts about drugs, addiction, and the brain so that they can make smart, informed choices about their own life. There will be 6 two-hour sessions in this program.
- Parent Education Program: This program uses approaches that enhance parents' skills on communicating and interacting effectively with their child/children. It consists of 5 2-hour workshops that emphasize child/parent and family practices that help discourage and prevent adolescent substance use and risky behaviors.
The Mentoring Program is led by Desi Hansford, Mark Davis, Marcus Whitehead and Kendall Thomas. The goal of this program is to mentor C-average students academically, professionally, and spiritually. The career-mentoring component teaches them the different disciplines of careers and a strong work ethic.
Click here to download a copy of the program contract if you wish to register for the Mentoring Program.