The Youth Impact Program, a non - profit based in Alexandria, Virginia has released a video introducing the summer camp program at Northwestern University which will start in July. The video is located on You Tube and can be accessed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f29nlhUbmps.
In 2003, Riki Ellison, a ten-year veteran of the National Football League (NFL) and three-time Super Bowl Champion, had a vision to provide the at-risk inner-city youth of America with a positive, life-changing experience. Building on the inherent allure and character-building qualities of football, he developed a combined academic and athletic program that was implemented at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Program developers were immediately impressed by the draw that this program had for boys and its ability to create a positive and exciting atmosphere where the youths could learn the lessons of discipline, perseverance, self-respect, and teamwork that organized football has to teach.
To help create and implement such a program, Mr. Ellison turned to his collegiate alma mater, the University of Southern California (USC). The University of Southern California was an ideal choice because of its rich tradition of football success, its location and reputation in a high-need urban setting (Los Angeles), and its experience with highly effective social service community-based programs. In late 2005, Riki Ellison shared his vision of a preventive football and academic program with key USC faculty and staff. This idea was embraced and enhanced by USC, resulting in a collaborative partnership and the creation of the Youth Impact Program.
With support from the National Football League (NFL), the Youth Impact Program started as a pilot program in the summer of 2006. During the first two years of this pilot program, YIP significantly helped over 250 at-risk middle school boys from neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. During the 2008-2009 program years YIP also developed programs with Tulane University, Rice University, the University of South Florida, and Syracuse University.
In 2011, YIP developed a program at Stanford University and the University of Houston and in 2012, and 2013 YIP was held again at Stanford University and at Texas Southern University. This year it is also launching at Northwestern University in Chicago.
For more information about the program, go to www.youthimpactprogram.org
Source: Youth Impact Program