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We provide our boys and girls fundamental basketball skills from 3rd grade through high school and beyond. We have joined Baylor Basketball league which gives our youth and opportunity to be seen by college scouts and get some real exposure. Some skills such as teamwork improve social skills that enhance the lives of our youth. On and off the court life-skills, such as respect, courtesy, organization, and self discipline are acquired through volunteering at Notre Dame University concession stands. We also guide our youth on societal expectations of respecting adults, team mates, referees and ultimately, themselves. Our community service opportunities allow our youth to learn about giving back to the community which we believe builds self respect and character.
Life Skills for Youth
Positive Outlook, Inc. was created over 20 years ago by Michael Poole. The plight of young men of color was declining at a rapid pace and young women were not far behind. They were struggling academically and dropout rates were on the rise. In direct correlation, crime rates were increasing and young men of color were being killed or incarcerated at an alarming rate.
Coach Poole was compelled to do something . . . anything to make a positive difference and impact the lives of these youth. He began with a desire to simply get these youth off the street, give them hope for a better tomorrow and create a means to mentor them toward a more positive direction.
He decided to use sports to reach them and began a basketball program - the South Bend Breakers. Initially, a safe place for them to come, play and escape whatever personal troubles but it has developed into a mentoring program. We provide youth an outlet through sports which help to develop life skills, encourage healthy life choices, and job training through volunteering at Notre Dame/ SB Cubs and Lucas Oil Stadium.
Over the years the program grew, impacting the lives of hundreds if not thousands of youth, annually. Before COVID-19, the Breakers had over ten teams, working with both boys and girls, grades 3 - 12. We have 6 teams now but with the lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions, we see a daily increase.
Positive Outlook has formed partnerships with various community organizations sharing a common goal, our youth.
To promote individual responsibility, academic excellence and improve health and wellness through sports.
To help our members aspire to Excel in life with healthy lifestyles and behaviors.
To Build or Lease our own Gymnasium
To raise the college-bound acceptance rate to 100.00%
To increase volunteer participation
To find more local opportunities for youth to grow