August 27th, 2020 - Members of our Educational Advisory Board gathered virtually to participate in their first meeting with Front Office staff and STEER school captains. The purpose of the Educational Advisory Board (EAB) is to join STEER leaders as thought partners in considering new programs and innovations. The diversity of the EAB brings varied and valuable perspectives to our organization.
The inaguaral meeting asked our EAB members and staff to consider the topic of 'Ensuring Student Career Readiness' in their conversation. Each panelist was asked to make an opening statement on the topic followed by questions prepared by the Front Office staff. Key discussion points that emerged from the hour long discussion included: the importance of mentorship in student development, the impact exposure opportunities can have on a student's life trajectory, and how to ensure we can support students in preparing for the adapting college and career worlds.
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PORT CHESTER, NY - On Thursday, August 13th at 7am, The PC Hunger Fighters, a group of Port Chester High School STEER student-athletes, gathered at the Drew St. senior apartments ready to pitch tents, unload and sort food donations, and make sure their public operation would adhere to current CDC guidelines.
Leading up to Thursday, the students had spent over two months preparing for their Free Farmer’s Market event through the framework of STEER’s Project-Based Learning program; as part of the program, students develop a project of their choice while they participate in a leadership course through Lead 4 Change. Made possible through STEER’s Work to Learn fund, students are compensated for their participation in the course with a stipend encouraging them to engage in relevant and meaningful experiences that incorporate both education and work.
The PC Hunger Fighter’s formed in 2019 as part of STEER’s first Project-Based Learning program cohort. That summer, the program participants identified food insecurity as one of the strongest issues facing their peers and social circles in the community. The students successfully installed vertical gardens in the Weber Drive Community Garden to provide an extra source of food for the housing residents. The group earned national recognition for their summer work and was named one of seven Summer 2019 Lead4Change Student Leadership Award winners.
Our 2020 program has expanded the capacity of the PC Hunger Fighters. Given the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the students chose to continue their efforts towards combating the growing issue of food insecurity in Port Chester. The PC Hunger Fighters met virtually twice a week to establish their goals, outline a vision for their market, and connect with donors and partners as far as New Paltz, NY. Donations received included fresh fruit and vegetables, pantry staples, and dairy products. Over the summer, the full group met in person only on the day of the event. The PC Hunger Fighters distributed food to over 350 families in Port Chester including seniors, school district families, and community members who heard of the event via the students’ extensive social media marketing campaign.
As 2019 showed, the PC Hunger Fighters are committed to spreading awareness for the issue of food insecurity in their community. This summer they plan to continue to help their community by volunteering their insight and energy to other local food distribution events.
PORT CHESTER, NY -- STEER for Student Athletes is pleased to announce receiving a $50,000 grant from the NYCDCC Relief & Charity Fund. This grant will be used to continue our work with students and families during the pandemic ensuring food security, supporting distance-learning, promoting social-emotional wellness, and providing physical health and wellness programming. In addition, as the educational community reopens, this funding will provide support for the transition.
Special thanks are in order to NYDCDCC and all our donors who have provided support in the final year of our 100 by 2020 initiative during this challenging time.
Congratulations to our Careers in Sports senior, Muhamed Bayo, on his decision to attend Boston College and being named valedictorian of his class!
Muhamed has been a part of STEER since his freshman year of high school. Throughout his time at CIS, he has exemplified excellence both in the classroom and on the field! Muhamed attributes part of his success to the trusting relationship he developed with his STEER advisor and the goal-setting strategies he learned from Dr. Hector Morales-Negron in our Peak Mental Game program. Of his achievements, Muhamed says, "...the resilience, work ethic, and confidence embedded in me will serve me greatly at Boston College and beyond."
We're so happy to have played a supporting role in Muhamed's journey and will excitedly follow along as he continues to set and accomplish goals!
We are excited to participate in #GivingTuesdayNow and provide opportunities for our community to remain connected during these difficult times.
Meetings links for our scheduled events are available below:
Programming Update + Q&A: https://www.facebook.com/SteerForStudentAthletes/
Alumni Roundtable: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84724204223
Peak Mental Game Mindfulness Session: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89951357380
Sports Themed Trivia: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83329334678
Click here to help us reach our goal of 100 Donors for #GivingTuesdayNow!
Congratulations to our Careers in Sports senior, Kaelon Farquharson, on his decision to attend Monroe College next fall!
Kaelon has been a part of STEER since his sophomore year of high school. As a member of our community, we have admired Kaelon's determination to grow both as a player and student. Kaelon will continue his football career in college by playing for the Monroe Mustangs! We're so happy to have played a supporting role in Kaelon's journey.
Congratulations to our Port Chester senior, Lesly Morocho, on her decision to attend Cornell University! Lesly will fulfill her dream of attending her first-choice school where she plans to study public health or psychology.
Lesly has been a part of STEER since her sophomore year of high school. Throughout her high school career, she has consistently been a top student in her classes, proven to be a beloved leader as captain of the varsity soccer team, and has actively given back to the Port Chester community through volunteer work. As a member of our STEER community, Lesly's work ethic and dedication to her community make her a standout. We're so happy to have played a supporting role in Lesly's journey and will eagerly await all that is to come for her!
Congratulations to our Careers in Sports senior, Elhadji Anne, on his decision to attend Hilbert College! Elhadji plans to study sports management and will be joining the men’s soccer side as a goalkeeper for the Hawks!
Elhadji has been a part of STEER since his freshman year of high school. Throughout his high school career he has proven his commitment to bettering his game by attending soccer clinics at various universities around the Bronx area. As a member of our STEER community, Elhadji has always supported his fellow classmates with his warm disposition.
We’re so happy to have played a supporting role in Elhadji’s journey and will excitedly watch along next season as he makes some amazing saves for the Hawks!
Congratulations to our Port Chester senior, Joseph Tapia, on his decision to join Stanford University's Class of 2024! With admissions acceptances from Georgetown and Brown, Joseph ultimately chooses Stanford because of the school's computer science course offerings.
Joseph has been a part of STEER since his sophomore year of high school. Throughout his high school career he has exemplified excellence both on the field, captaining the varsity track team, and in the classroom, maintaining one of the highest GPA averages amongst his peers. As a member of our STEER community, Joseph emerged as a natural role model for our younger student-athletes. Joseph says, "I've adapted to the conditions put against me. I am willing to work hard and fight for my dream, and I know I still have room to grow."
We're so happy to have played a supporting role in Joseph's journey and will excitedly watch along as he continues to accomplish his goals. West Coast here he comes.
Over a week into Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, we find ourselves working harder than ever to fully support our student-athletes and their families during this uncertain time. Now more than ever, our support and assistance are necessary.
STEER will not “pause” during this time; however, we will adapt.
Today, our student-athletes find themselves adjusting to a new reality by adopting remote education, a social distancing practice, and coming to terms with the fact that most sports are ceasing to exist for the time being. As schools close and extracurricular activities are canceled we very clearly see the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the school communities we serve in Port Chester, Yonkers, and the Bronx.
In light of all the changes in our student-athletes’ day-to-day lives, we aim to continue to be a source of stability and hope. We have quickly adapted our program offerings in order to continue to provide wrap-around support services to each of our student-athletes.
All student-athletes, advisors, and employees have been equipped with the tools necessary to maintain success. Students are being provided access to the following: