The NFL Impact Program was designed to combat these sobering statistics in five Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) middle school sites: Foshay Learning Center, Edwin Markham Middle School, John Adams Middle School, Samuel Gompers Middle School, and Audobon Middle School. These schools were selected because each has a partnership with EOPC who will, over the academic year, track participants looking for improvement in grades, test scores, behavior in school, and college awareness. Results from these analyses will then be compared to statistics from the surrounding community or used as evidence on their own.
The NFL Impact Program began with a seven hour a day, five day a week, four week multidimensional summer camp — a partnership between the University of Southern California (USC) and the National Football League (NFL Junior Player Development). It offered a well-balanced program using small, cooperative learning teams, involvement of positive role models, and mentoring to address the particular academic, social and athletic needs of at-risk youngsters. Credentialed teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School district, mentors from USC and other universities, and coaches from the local area, through a healthy combination of enrichment classes in reading, math, science and life skills and football education, gave each participant the tools to develop a positive outlook on life, improved self image, self confidence and a set of values that will serve them in becoming contributing members of society. The program ended with kids from some of the roughest neighborhoods in South Los Angeles, coming to campus each day, anxious to see new friends, excited to perform both in the classroom and on the playing field.
Beyond the typical week structure and activities, additional enrichment outings
introduced the boys to experiences away from campus and opportunities to see and do things unavailable to them in their own communities.