Smart Rewards for Smart Choices
October 30, 2012 12:27 PM
Many participating Club members received a free bike courtesy of McDonald’s Corp.
More than 80 young members and their parents from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Club recently attended the first SMART Moves Awards Banquet to recognize their participation and commitment to the SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) program series.
The SMART Moves program, which is funded by the Allstate Foundation, uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives. More than simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program teaches young people ages 6 to 15 how to make better choices that bolster their self-esteem by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal: to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior. The collective programs also cultivate self-esteem, healthy body images, character and personal responsibility.
To be eligible for a SMART Moves Award, young people at the King Club had to complete at least two of the following programs within the SMART Moves series that lasted about six weeks:
• SMART Girls
• Passport To Manhood
• Start SMART
• Stay SMART
• SMART Kids.
A generous $20,000 grant from Allstate and other funding allowed the King Club to also offer the series as an outreach program to students at nearby George Tilton Elementary School.
The Awards Banquet, which was also sponsored by Allstate, recognized our young people's dedication and commitment to fulfilling the program. Jan Epstein from the Allstate Foundation and King Club Board Member, Bruce Brown of the Allstate Corporation as well as several other board members attended the awards banquet. Club members who successfully completed the programs received certificates and trophies and a chance to win a bike provided by McDonald's Corporation. For many kids, this was the first bike they had ever received. All participants were given a raffle ticket to enter into the drawing.
Special thanks to the Allstate Foundation for its sponsorship of the awards banquet, the SMART Moves program as well as its support of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Club. Many thanks also to McDonald’s for furnishing the bikes to raffle winners.