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The JT Dorsey Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide services to at risk youth and their families in the areas of education and wellness. Our goal is to nurture and educate children in social and financial need to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
The JT Dorsey Foundation currently offers programs for children and youth ages 5-18 throughout the city of Harrisburg and its surrounding areas, including York and Lebanon , PA.The following are brief descriptions of each of the programs run by the JTDF After School Programs (Grades 1 st through 8 th, Boys and Girls): The program consists of (1-2) hour soccer skills lessons as enrichment activities to the educational program run by the school district After School Program. During each lesson the participants receive soccer skill instruction in the form of fun, engaging games according to the US Youth Soccer guidelines. Staff encourages youth to engage in healthy lifestyle habits through cooperative discussion and activities. Staff reinforces appropriate social skills from the participants by modeling, and the use of positive reinforcement techniques. The main objective of this program is to increase participation in the game of soccer and encourage students to increase appropriate social skills. Harrisburg Parks and Rec. (Ag es 5 through 13 year old, Boys and Girls ): The JTDF provides multiple (2) hour clinics for Parks and Rec. participants (1) time per week during the Fall and Spring soccer seasons. Each age group or team rotates through (5-6) soccer skill stations. The foundation coaches organize each station to develop a specific soccer skills need to be a proficient player at the recreational level. The use of fun games hopes to increase participation and enjoyment for the game. The foundation also provides coaching education to novice recreational coaches (1-2) times per month. Each recreational coach participates in (4) soccer education classes to increase their ability to coach the participants and develop self awareness of coaching style. Future Leaders (Ag es 14 through 19 year old, Boys and Girls ): High school age participants receive at least (2), (2) hour long soccer training sessions and an hour classroom session per week. The soccer skills sessions are used to increase participants overall soccer ability. The classroom sessions are centered on Goal Setting. The foundation works with school teachers and guidance counselors of the participants in order to assist the participants in achieving their goals. Participants are required to complete community service projects as well. The program identifies participants that are interested in coaching and or refereeing and trains them in these areas with the support of Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association. Once trained these participants are then employed in the foundation's after school program as Mentor Coaches or in the Parks and Rec. program as Jr. Coaches for ages U-10 or below.