Better school attendance
Higher test scores
Positive changes in personal behavior
Greater class participation
Increased ability to make positive choices about school and life
These are just a few of the results we see in students who participate in Be Someone, Inc. (www.besomeone.org), a youth development program that teaches kids to think using the ancient game of chess as a metaphor for life.
No one needs to remind you about the challenges of engaging students in public education. The increase in school violence, disrespect for teachers and staff, and the rising suspension and dropout rates are common in too many school districts. Sadly the public expects you to fix these social problems and educate our youth. The job seems insurmountable, but so many dedicated teachers and administrators stick with it because you understand the critical importance of what you do – to make a positive impact on our youth and spark their desire to stay in school and choose a positive path in life.
Fortunately, you have the support of many successful partners in the community that share your goals. One of those is Be Someone, Inc., a proven program I started because I knew that playing chess in the context of a strong mentoring program would improve student attitude and performance in school and in the community.
Through our innovative chess clubs, we engage students in a mental challenge while teaching them the importance of focusing on the prize of self-improvement and good citizenship. Our Be Someone program succeeded in school districts across Georgia and the United States. It transcends all boundaries of financial status and race and teaches children crucial life skills, focus and responsibility. Mount Vernon Academy, Project Destiny, and Benteen Elementary School chess clubs have all won championships as a result of Be Someone. More importantly, these students have learned decision-making skills that will help them become winners in life.
Be Someone has been featured in People Magazine, USA Today, on CNN and Good Morning America. A recent feature article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlights the results I have achieved showing kids how to be winners by thinking things through and making the right moves. My program teaches self-discipline, respect, and goal setting. My teaching tool is the game of chess and it shows young people that every move they make can have consequences either positive or negative.
I would welcome the opportunity to partner with you to achieve these results with your students. Please call me today to schedule this valuable program in your school.
My program has benefited more than 20,000 students in 15 states. I am sure it will bring positive results to your students as well. I look forward to hearing from you soon to schedule a meeting where we can address the special needs of your students and plan a program for them that will maximize our results.
Orrin C. Hudson