“The Student Athlete Leadership Team Program promotes what young people can become rather than what they should avoid”
Trainer, Monge Codio, works with Student Leaders at a Leadership Program Conference
The SALT Conference Series Presented by The New York Mets
The SALT Conference Series presented by the New York Mets prepares high school student athletes to conduct workshops in elementary classrooms on issues including self-esteem and sportsmanship, bullying and teasing, and substance abuse. Over the course of three conferences, students discuss making proper decisions with regards to high school parties and other social settings and learn about the power and use of language in creating social status. Workshop discussions are designed to be positive and proactive while raising awareness and providing options that empower students to make the right decision.
SALT provides all the tools for high school student leaders, working in teams, to make three visits to a fifth grade class during the academic year. SALT training prepares student leaders to engage and manage the classroom, conduct “ice-breaker” exercises and talk about life skills gained through participation in extra-curricula activities. Each visit emphasizes life skills and “real life” choices and decisions. Each student leader is trained to tell a personal story relevant to the workshop topic.
High school student athletes who…
· Are motivated to be mentors
· Exhibit exemplary behavior on and off the playing field
· Are in good academic standing
· Show good communications skills or wish to be trained
High school student are trained in three primary areas to…
· Engage the classroom through an understanding of group work dynamics
· Deliver a motivational message relevant to the topic of the day
· Process discussion using scenarios and problems solving methodology
SALT creates a partnership between trained professional, college and Olympic athletes and high school athletes. This relationship works to strengthen the message delivered to the elementary students. Through workshop discussion and teaching exercises, student-athletes learn to use their athletic experience to deliver a positive message about confronting social dilemmas.
IN THE CLASSROOM
Visit I: Life Skills
This session sets the tone for subsequent visits as student leaders engage elementary school students in “ice-breaker” exercises designed to open lines of communication, establish rules and engage in pressure-free discussion.
Each high school leader tells a personal story about their athletic or other extra-curricula activity and the life skill they learned from the experience. This visit is meant to be up-beat and positive. The most important goal to be reached is the relationship established between the high school and elementary school students.
Visit II: Sportsmanship and Civility
Visit II poses the newest challenge for student leaders. School violence concerns have become a focal point for so many schools, and the dynamics are extremely complex. While training for Visit II, student leaders are forced to confront their own attitudes about sportsmanship and other behaviors such as bullying and teasing. Particular attention is given to language and behavior that is derogatory and offensive based on racial, sexual or ethnic biases.
There is a heavy emphasis on scenario-based discussion during this session. Scenarios enable students to engage in less defensive and accusatory discussion, while addressing real-life situations and issues.
Visit III: Substance Abuse
Each student leader is encouraged to tell a personal story about how substance use and abuse has touched them personally. An important aspect of the training for Visit III is teaching student leaders about self-disclosure and fielding questions asked by elementary students.
A True/False Quiz is the perfect “ice-breaker” as it tests students’ understanding and knowledge of alcohol and other drugs. Scenarios also provide situations and predicaments to solve and learn “how” to make positive decisions before being confronted with a challenging, real-life version.