Our mission is to eliminate mental and socio-economical poverty, by mentoring individuals and families toward continuous improvement, to grow within their home and community. Kaizen Center provides a safe haven for learning and releasing the stress of everyday struggles. We emphasize the achievement of self- empowerment through education, physical & mental fitness, the arts, and positive social interaction in a safe and positive atmosphere. The Kaizen Center believes through education, opportunity and accountability, we can instill a sense of discipline and a code of ethics to inspire others to lead exemplary lives as leaders in the community.
Encourage scholastic competence and maximize self-actualization.
Condition the mind by raising self-esteem and body by increasing
Acknowledge that all good things come from deity.
The Kaizen Center is a place where adolescents can find safe haven from everyday stress and learn, through education, rigorous Martial Arts training, training in ‘The Arts’ (Visual, Performing, and Fine Arts) to strive for perfection of character, personal responsibility and overall success in life.
Solutions to the Problem
Too many people live in a perpetual state of failure. Though potentially crippling, failure doesn’t have to remain a long-term condition. Temporary failures can be seen in the form of Poverty, Homelessness, Hunger, Stress and Unemployment. The Kaizen Center is organized exclusively for educational purposes to empower individuals and families with tools and skills to overcome their temporary negative conditions. We believe that through education, opportunity and accountability we can instill a long-term sense of discipline and ethics. The resulting opportunities for success are endless.
- After-school programs providing tutoring and homework assistance.
- Partnering with other Martial Arts groups to provide affordable programs.
- Introduce college graduates as role models for young at-risk students.
- Hold a “Kaizen Center Day” where local schools aim for perfect attendance.
- Host drug education seminars. Welcome members of the community (doctors, nurses, police officers, etc.) to attend and address the dangers of drug use.
- Organize job skills seminars for high school juniors and seniors.
- Encourage children in the disciplines of studying and finishing school.
- Host “Opportunity Days” where students get career advise from local businesses.
- Employ the “Getting Along for Success” program, dealing with development in the areas of Awareness, Coping, Social Interaction and Group Interaction.
- Martial Arts and Fitness Training
- After School Enrichment Program
- Job Training
- Life Skills Training
- Wellness Training
- Public Health Training
- Performing Arts
- Computer & IT Training
- Veteran Empowerment
- Character Training and Development System
- School Safe/Street Safe System
5 Rules of Personal Safety
Trust your Intuition
- Verbal Judo (Anti Bulling Program)
Outcomes and Evaluation
- This proactive education will result in sustained progress in areas such as:
- Increased self efficacy
- Improve self control
- Enhance communication skills
- Improve Interpersonal skills
- Improve Problem solving skills
- Improve school grades
- Improve substance abuse awareness
- Reduce childhood & adult obesity
- Reduce adolescent violence
- Achievement of a healthy work/life balance.
No one can turn around the lives of hundreds of children in an instant. The Kaizen Center can help at-risk students turn themselves around and learn to succeed. This will be accomplished by an ongoing and healthy mentoring effort, setting incremental goals and developing the habits to acquire them.
are what we represent
are hundreds of students out there who need the guidance
and support of a mentor. How then can we tailor our efforts
to become a role model and possibly even a mentor to
We must first distinguish ourselves as a role model. A
Martial Artist can use his skills to motivate the students
and serve as a role model to these teens and a mentor to
We will identify ourselves as a role model to all of
the students in our community. Being a role model requires
many things. A large part of the job is being known and
respected for who you are and how you got there. A role
model is a person who sets an example, a person other
people may emulate. Being a role model does not necessarily
require one-on-one, extended contact. A Martial Arts
Instructor can provide mentorship to the masses.
can fulfill our duty as a role model in many ways. We
can become a valuable solution to the problem. By being
a good citizen and exhibiting ethical behavior, we are
able to show the world and students in the community what
it takes to achieve personal and professional success.
We will establish partnership with the school districts
and local agencies, keeping in mind that presentation is
everything and we are what we represent. Every time we
speak at an assembly, we have the opportunity to become
a role model for the students. Being seen and heard, in
person or even in the local paper, will reinforce our status
as role models.Professional
athletes are judged harshly by society for any indiscretion
because they are considered role models to millions of
young people. Teens know who the athletes are even though
they have not personally met. The same is true for the
Martial Artist. The Martial Artist wears a badge of honor
that distinguishes him from the average public figure
within the community. This makes the Martial Artist a
role model. When the Martial Artist talks to young people,
they carry the prestige of their accomp-lishment as a
Black Belt. In or out of the Dojo (Karate School) environment,
the Martial Artist epitomizes the ideals of a successful
professional. Many teens may think of a Martial Arts
Instructor as one of very few credible role models. As
teens mature, they begin to forget about fanciful ideas
of being rock and sports stars and begin to look around
for realistic opportunities. That’s what a Martial
Arts environment will represent to them. Karate is not
a seasonal sport; it is a way of life, designed to perfect
the character of its practitioners.
Being a role model is incredibly rewarding but also requires
dedication, caring and personal contact. No one person
can be the sole role model to hundreds of students at the
same time. Many people in your community want to help with
the mentoring process in different ways. By working together
with local business, government agencies, Church members,
teachers, parents and others in your community, our success
could have even more of an impact.
are some ways we plan to help young people get involved
in our program:
(Embrace the three tenants of Karate by developing the members
Mentally, Physically and Spiritually)
1. Partner with Martial Arts groups to provide affordable
Martial Arts program to young adults and kids. Focusing on
the inner-city kids in poverty areas.
2. Offer after school program for scholastics. Providing
tutoring and homework assistance and development
of core scholastic competence.
3. Solicit College and High school graduates and seniors
to become peer role models to young students at risk:
These events could focus on the concept of creating a
mentoring buddy system. Within the structure of these events,
members could be paired up looking out for each other,
making sure school attendance is good, homework is turned
in, passing grades are maintained and help is sought early,
if needed. These events are important tools of the program.
4. Provide spiritual counseling to enhance
morality, ethics and faith.
5. Develop confidence, competitive characteristics by
promoting and participating in The Amateur Athletic Union
(AAU) and local Martial Arts and scholastic competitions.
6. Publicize student success stories in local papers,
newsletters or school papers. Invite professionals and
athletes to speak at meetings and in schools.
It is a fact that success in lowering the dropout rate,
use of drugs and alcohol is achieved by combining a variety
of tried-and-true methods. The Kaizen Center will encourage
peer culture and a pervasive, positive, structured atmosphere.
Martial Arts training and culture has been known to positively
influence the teen dropout rate and drug use. There is
generally a family atmosphere among students. Students
bond together, tend to work out problems together and are
supportive of each other.
Nobody can instantly turn around the lives
of hundreds of young people in a single effort. Kaizen’s
dedication and care can help at-risk students begin to
turn themselves around and succeed. The name of the game
is setting incremental goals. We will be sure to refer
teens with serious problems to the appropriate agencies
for professional help.
Some ways to expand community involvement in helping teens
stay in school, stay off drugs and plan for the future
1. Raise student’s expectations of
the myriad of opportunities available to them if they
stay in school, stay off drugs and plan for life.
2. Be sure that schools know what the Kaizen Center
expects of its members.
3. Show respect for teachers and community leaders. They
can make terrific partners for our crusade.
4. Be a role model and mentor.
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