APP (ACADEMIC PROGRESS PROJECT)

by Charles Davison | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

Saint Paul Schools are failing too many of our young scholars. There is plenty of blame to go around (Kid, Parents, Schools, Society, etc). Too many of our scholars are NOT innately driven to learn. Some person or organization must do something to help change that. I believe I have a valid intervention.

Academic progress is not tied to enough positive benefits outside of school. We cannot pay scholars money, therefore we must adopt the next best thing? ENTERTAINMENT.

Imagine a facility located in the heart of Saint Paul (Bally's on University) reinvented into the ultimate kids zone.
Roller Rink, Gaming booths (Flat Screen Tv, Game Console), Indoor Adventure Playground, Social Lounge, and Food.

Kids from all around Saint Paul will want to attend, ALL THE TIME!

Furthermore, Partner with Saint Paul Public Schools. Leverage access to the establishment as an incentive to academic progress. I specify progress because not all scholars are going to have A's and B's or test high on common standardize test. But teachers are capable of tracking academic progress. Moving up a reading levels, securing new math skills, completing science projects, etc.

It is a new age and it is hard for many young people to visualize the importance of school and how it will affect their future. College, jobs, adulthood is so far away the desire to do good now isn't vital. As adult we don't work everyday to get paid years later or months later. Most of us expect to be paid bi-weekly like clockwork. Well kids can be influenced the same way.

Setting up a week or two week schedule for our Saint Paul scholars to be rewarded something amazingly fun will encourage and inspire excellence. But the reward must be "amazingly fun." Board games, structured play, gym time just doesn't do the job anymore. We must invest in a new and improved over the top kids haven that pushes kids to be great.

I believe the Academic Progress Project is the answer.

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About You

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Charles

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Davison

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SAINT PAUL

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Ramsey

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

Son- Aramondo Davison

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Your idea

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Title of your idea

APP (ACADEMIC PROGRESS PROJECT)

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Saint Paul Schools are failing too many of our young scholars. There is plenty of blame to go around (Kid, Parents, Schools, Society, etc). Too many of our scholars are NOT innately driven to learn. Some person or organization must do something to help change that. I believe I have a valid intervention.
Academic progress is not tied to enough positive benefits outside of school. We cannot pay scholars money, therefore we must adopt the next best thing? ENTERTAINMENT.
Imagine a facility located in the heart of Saint Paul (Bally's on University) reinvented into the ultimate kids zone.
Roller Rink, Gaming booths (Flat Screen Tv, Game Console), Indoor Adventure Playground, Social Lounge, and Food.
Kids from all around Saint Paul will want to attend, ALL THE TIME!
Furthermore, Partner with Saint Paul Public Schools. Leverage access to the establishment as an incentive to academic progress. I specify progress because not all scholars are going to have A's and B's or test high on common standardize test. But teachers are capable of tracking academic progress. Moving up a reading levels, securing new math skills, completing science projects, etc.
It is a new age and it is hard for many young people to visualize the importance of school and how it will affect their future. College, jobs, adulthood is so far away the desire to do good now isn't vital. As adult we don't work everyday to get paid years later or months later. Most of us expect to be paid bi-weekly like clockwork. Well kids can be influenced the same way.
Setting up a week or two week schedule for our Saint Paul scholars to be rewarded something amazingly fun will encourage and inspire excellence. But the reward must be "amazingly fun." Board games, structured play, gym time just doesn't do the job anymore. We must invest in a new and improved over the top kids haven that pushes kids to be great.
I believe the Academic Progress Project is the answer.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Short Story: On Sunday after easter dinner my mother said "son I was reading the paper about this huge indoor fun place for kids. It sounds like your boy's would like it. It is somewhere in Burnsville or out that way I am not really sure."

I told her I would look into it but in the back of my mind I kept wondering why we don't have anything like that in Saint Paul. To entertain our kids we must travel to Burnsville, Bloomington, Maplewood, or another surrounding suburb. I don't understand it.

We need something right here in Saint Paul that can be a sister location to Jimmy Lee Rec Center. A place that encourages academics and rewards success. If I were a young scholar I would make sure my effort was 100% if I knew the benefit was fun and exciting.

Impact

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This kids fun zone would be the trend setter. Rewarding scholars in our community for academic excellence. I believe other businesses would adopt a similar structure to help build the community as well. Bowling alleys, movie theaters, arcades, etc would start noticing how effective, beneficial, and rewarding it is to give back to the community and help refocus our youth.

We cannot be scared, intimidated, or passive in our efforts to reshape our young people. Set rules, set goals, set expectations and young people will learn quickly or be left out. Understand that no matter what a kids background is they are still kids. Still easily influenced and want to do well. We just need to put the right things in place that will inspire kids to do well.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The measurable benefits of the Academic Progress Project will be delayed. We are attempting to reshape the entire mindset of our community and the young people that live within it. That will take time, but all good things do. What is even more exciting to me is the future young boy, turned young mature man who recognizes how the Academic Progress Project saved his life. We aren't looking for awards or accolades, we are looking for results.

When people become successful they look back and appreciate who helped them reach their goals. Often times it is relatives, coaches, community members. This project will be another location for mentors, bonds, and strong relationships to be born. This project will help shape the future Saint Paul and the potential bright minds who live here.

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