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Proud 2 Be Me
Located in Kalamazoo, Mich., Proud 2 Be Me (P2BM) is one of Turn 2's Signature Programs. The goal of P2BM is to provide fourth, fifth and sixth graders with the opportunity to increase their ability to withstand the pressure to use drugs and alcohol. Children participate in enrichment activities, study life lessons and develop leadership skills that help keep them healthy as they grow into young adults. The P2BM program provides opportunities for students to grow academically, remain physically fit, work with other Kalamazoo community organizations and receive mentoring from the Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders.
Due to inclement weather conditions programming at P2BM was interrupted a few times, but that did not stop the participants from having a very exciting month to kick off the year! The students began a new project in which they researched the history of their building and the surrounding area. The project was thought up by the students because for next academic year they will be leaving their current building for a temporary one while a new school is built. The students plan on learning more about the history of The Washington Writers' Academy and its neighborhood. The month of January was also a special month for many students who were able to earn new belts through their Taekwondo classes.
November was a busy month for participants at P2BM. They participated in their weekly Taekwondo classes, which they have continued from last year. Taekwondo lessons were so successful last year that many of the children were enthusiastically looking forward to participating again and continuing their progress. During this month the participants also went on a nature hike to encourage healthy lifestyles. One of the many highlights of the month was the start of their community service project for the upcoming holidays. This year the P2BM participants will be making blankets for senior citizens at a nearby nursing home. They are looking forward to completing the blankets and delivering them to the nursing home during the holiday season.
They wrapped up the month with a great event. The Jeter's Leaders hosted participants of P2BM and Turn 2's other Signature Program in West Michigan, Extra Innings at Derek's Dugout T.R.A.M. to a Mentoring Kick-Off event at Mayors' River Front Park in Kalamazoo, Mich. The participants of all the programs got to know each other better while participating in fun activities and games like relay races, home run derby, kickball and a soccer game. There was also music playing and a magician. The participants were able to enjoy hot dogs, sliders and chips while continuing to get to know each other.
The beginning of the program year was also a good time to discuss expectations and goals for the upcoming year. Participants at P2BM are looking forward to another great year!