High School: Student Ambassadors
SwingPals Student Ambassadors are students that have come through the SwingPals middle school programs and are now in high school. This program is brand new as of August 2016, and we are very excited to have these students set an example of leadership, integrity, and character for our younger students. We are continuing to improve and expand this program and we aim to prepare our students for the next steps in their journey, whether that is college, trade school, a job, or other opportunity.
Mindfulness & Leadership
A significant part of the SwingPals program is mindfulness and emotional regulation. We use HeartMath® tools in classroom instruction and activities to teach our students to focus their minds and achieve emotional balance. The Smart Brain Wise Heart™ program teaches students how to respond positively to stress, and assists students with decision-making and motivation. This program demonstrates how synchronicity of the heart, mind, and body assists learning, goal-setting, and relationship-building skills.
Durham is a very diverse city with a range of nonprofit, education, government, and business organizations working to improve our community. We want our SwingPals Student Leaders to have the opportunity to engage with professionals in these different sectors and learn about the unique parts of our community. SwingPals organizes a few service activities (and transportation!) each school year for our Student Leaders to gain experience working with a team and contribute to making change.
Some of our students join SwingPals already interested in college, while others know very little about it. Our goal with our college access program is to teach our students about the opportunities available to them if they decide to further their education at a community college or university. As part of this program, we take our students on field trips to local colleges where they receive official campus tours, eat in the student dining halls, and spend time at the golf course. While we recognize that not all of our students are interested in this path, we feel it is important to share this educational information so that they can make informed decisions for their future.
In the future, we hope to expand this part of our program to include college advising and application assistance.