The sun returns to Chicago, as it always does, and a week of introductions continues as we welcome Rashied Davis Charities to the Zealous Good community. You tell me what more you could want from a Friday. 10 more degrees? Nope, it’s perfect sweater and tea weather. A raise? Ask for it; no one’s going to give you what you don’t make clear you want. Your youth, returned? Might I suggest calling your parents and reminding them you love them; they’ll more than likely be thrilled to tell you what a nightmare you were as a 13-year old. Increased educational and personal opportunities through early literacy intervention programs for Chicago youth? This, we can do.
Professional football player Rashied Davis may have left Chicago this summer but his heart remains and does it ever in the form of his charitable youth literacy and enrichment program.
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO SUCCESS
The mission of the Rashied Davis Charities is to teach students how to overcome obstacles to success through inspiration, preparation and discipline.
“It’s important to step outside yourself and your comfort zone.”
Our Goal: A place where children learn to see beyond their existing circumstances
Our Focus: Enrichment Activities
“Where you come from does not predetermine your level of success.”
Our Goal: A place where children acquire the knowledge and academic skills necessary for success
Our Focus: Literacy
“To be successful, you need determination to stay on task and patience to wait for results.”
Our Goal: A place where children understand their obligation
to self and others
Our Focus: Character Education
The Saturday Place program creates a space for children to learn and socialize and provides tutoring programs for 3rd and 4th grade students, an age group that is often overlooked and is yet so critical for engagement, as it is in this period that students begin falling through the cracks of a fragmented public education and social system. In addition to reading and math literacy, Saturday Place also focuses on children’s personal growth and character enrichment.
We are obviously huge fans of those with plenty giving plenty to those without. It is not only the value of the program itself but the heart behind it that gets ours thumping. Let us recall the critical difference between want and need, and when we find ourselves in excess of our needs, strive to give a little more.
Take a look around. What can you give? Books, textbooks, audiobooks, magazines? Child and infant clothing? Your time? The children served by Rashied Davis Charities can use it. Their full wish list is up now, and be sure to let us know if you are interested in volunteering for Saturday Place.