Congratulations to East Cleveland Police Athletics League and Program Director Vanessa Veals! East Cleveland PAL has been selected as a site to host the Pilot of Leadership, Values and Innovation Education Program, in association with the Tesla Foundation and Cavaliers player JR Smith. Students from Shaw High School and the MC2STEM (m-c-squared-stem) high school located on the GE Nela Park Campus in East Cleveland, will participate.
“East Cleveland is full of awesome kids. While PAL is well-known for athletics, the PAL mentoring program fosters friendship, community vision and collective responsibility beyond sports. The Tesla partnership allows us to expand our mentoring focus to include entrepreneurship, an important leadership trait. We are excited that Will Donovan, Tesla Foundation and Cleveland Cavaliers’ JR Smith are using their resources and celebrity to promote entrepreneurship and enhance the lives of East Cleveland’s young people,” said Vanessa Veals, East Cleveland PAL Director.
Please see the press release below.
Way to go East Cleveland PAL!
To learn more about East Cleveland PAL contact Vanessa Veals at 216-681-2378
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East Cleveland Police Athletics League Chapter Participates in Pilot of Leadership, Values and Innovation Education Program, in association with the Tesla Foundation
East Cleveland, Ohio – January 11th, 2017 – According to the Tesla Foundation and the National Police Athletics League, many American youth lack access to an aggressive educational program focused on Leadership, Values, and Innovation, that enable them to craft a powerful vision for their own future and that of their communities. The problem is especially acute in America’s most under-served, at-risk, and least upwardly mobile communities.
To tackle this problem, the Police Athletics League (PAL) Chapter in East Cleveland is participating in a Pilot Program over the next 5 Saturdays, with 45 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. A similar program will be piloted in Flint, Michigan, on Sundays.
Cavaliers player JR Smith will participate in the program to share his insights from his career, and Team Swish, his drag race car team, will help provide examples of the interface between leadership, technology, innovation and performance.
The Program will use games and activities to teach skills that are key to Innovation – Self-Expression, Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Problem Solving – based on leading methods at Google, Apple, and other Fortune 500 companies. The Program will show PAL Youth how to use these skills to develop content and technology in non-technical terms, while highlighting the importance of Leadership and Values.
32-year-old Will Donovan will be teaching the program in East Cleveland and Flint, and developed the program drawing on his career working and living in 15 countries.
“I took my degree in Religious Studies,” says Mr. Donovan, “and it opened my eyes to people. It was not a business or technology education. Later in my life I learned hard skills like Logistics, Data Analysis, Business Case Development, and Programming, but I always kept coming back to people… and I realized how important understanding people is to leadership and to gaining trust, and how easily trust can be lost. I’ve lived and worked all over the world in three different industries, I’ve probably flown over a million miles, and from what I’ve seen this is absolutely universal.”
The Pilot will be expanded to at least 10 more PAL Chapters this summer, and will aim to scale nation-wide by the beginning of the fall semester 2017. By the following year, the program will be opened to community organizations outside of PAL.
“East Cleveland is full of awesome kids. While PAL is well-known for athletics, the PAL mentoring program fosters friendship, community vision and collective responsibility beyond sports. The Tesla partnership allows us to expand our mentoring focus to include entrepreneurship, an important leadership trait. We are excited that Will Donovan, Tesla foundation and Cleveland Cavaliers’ JR Smith are using their resources and celebrity to promote entrepreneurship and enhance the lives of East Cleveland’s young people,” said Vanessa Veals, East Cleveland PAL Director.
Students who complete the program will be registered for the “Tesla List,” a leadership and technology Farm System sponsored by the Tesla Foundation. Students will then be able to “Rank Up” on the Tesla List by completing projects on their own and through their local PAL Chapter, and students will be able to utilize their Tesla List ranking in their college and job applications.
“We couldn’t be happier to partner with PAL and the wonderful team Vanessa and Will have assembled. The jobs of the future are people and machines working together. The PAL Tesla Foundation leadership program teaches the leadership methods used by the best technology companies in the world to the kids at PAL. This gives the hope and will needed for them to take action and understand that they can be leaders too. From this seed program we will be able to assist many that would have never been able to find opportunity in technology.” related Keith Kaplan, CEO of the Tesla Foundation.
The Tesla Foundation is a non-for-profit science and technology Think Tank focused on the transition from the Industrial Revolution 3.0 to 4.0 and the Architect of the Tesla Technology Farm System. As we navigate the shift from the “Information Age” to the “Autonomous Age,” education and workforce development must evolve quickly and with great urgency to meet the demands of the “New Economy.” The Tesla Foundation accomplishes its non-profit goals utilizing the combined efforts of its technology farm system, research, education, public private partnerships, applications, and high level educational events and summits. It is the responsibility of those that can shape our future to integrate all technology in a safe and ethical manner for all of humankind.
The PAL Program will be grounded in leadership values that have been drawn from institutions such as the US Military, global aid organizations and corporations, and leading Universities, and they have been further-refined to those elements most important to PAL and PAL-served communities.
Said Mr. Donovan, “Whether you’re building a company, managing an employee, working for someone, playing a sport, writing code, making music, or anything else, you’ve got to connect with others and be able to express yourself, even when others disagree with you. This should be a great foundation for these young people in East Cleveland, and with 6,000,000 other youth that we can touch in PAL, there is a huge opportunity to make a positive impact.”
866.691.7776 ext. 007