Through Making a Difference, aka MAD, recreational component, at-risk youth have opportunities to engage in healthy competitive sport activities in a structured environment. These activities are held year round and include basketball, flag football, bowling and swimming. Other activities include outings to collegiate level games that involve volunteers, parent interaction and introduction to college life. For many at-risk youth in Texas, the most effective delinquency prevention effort is the presence of an ongoing meaningful relationship with a committed adult.
The goal of MAD is to provide every student living or staying in the 79415 zip code the opportunity to engage in positive recreational activities in a controlled environment where students can develop physical skills, self-discipline and social skills. Another goal of the program focuses specifically on juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention and school dropout prevention.
Objectives for MAD include the following:
- Participation in healthy competitive sports activities
- Develop positive relationships with peers and mentors
- Fostering healthy relationships outside of school
- Develop Self-Esteem
- Improve Physical health
- Build Confidence
Instructors, coaches and coordinators monitor and direct the program weekly. The objectives are met through continued progress demonstrated in competitions and practices.