You've got to have a meaningful life...you can't just exist, you have to LIVE.
SIG helps at-risk high school athletes realize their potential for success by thoroughly preparing them for a future in higher education. We need a vehicle large enough to take our students to university campuses for tours and preparatory workshops.
If we surpass our goal, the funds will help sustain our academic development program for SIG scholars.
The Story Behind Scholastic Interest Group
At SIG, we believe that service to others is the ultimate meaningful act, for those being helped and for those who are providing it.
Malik Wade, co-founder of San Francisco non-profit Scholastic Interest Group (SIG) didn't always understand the type of life he wanted to live. As a young Black male growing up in the inner city, the appeal of street life pulled him away from the athletics and educational goals he once held as a star high school athlete. By his graduation, he was under investigation by the FBI for selling narcotics and was eventually sentenced to 14 years in prison.
But Malik's story didn't end there. In fact, it was just beginning. Upon his release, along with the guidance of his high school basketball coach Peter Gort, Malik committed to using his missteps as a tool to help other young people struggling to stay on a successful path despite being surrounded by negative influences and roadblocks. SIG, likes its founders, sees the greatness and unlimited potential in our youth, and strives vigilantly to nourish and protect it. We provide mentoring, college preparation and training to young at-risk athletes in the most under-served communities in San Francisco. We have already touched the lives of more than 100 urban young people in our first two years of operation and we know that our mission will continue to grow and have a huge positive impact on these individuals and their community.
The teenagers who join SIG are joining a family of peers and mentors who understand the challenges they face and are committed to seeing those challenges overcome. But SIG faces a challenge of our own: the resources to complete the college preparation component of our program. At this time we don't have access to a vehicle large enough to transport our aspiring college students to the university tours that are vital to visualize and prepare for a future of higher education. We need you to join us in our mission to get talented young people across the finish line to their brightest future.
What We Do
There are many talented young athletes in inner-city San Francisco who lose touch with their positive life goals as they face family, school, and community challenges. SIG brings these young athletes into a circle of mentors, coaches, and educators who are committed to seeing them through these challenges and into a brighter future. Our program consists of athletic coaching and competitions, university tours, one-on-one mentoring, and college prep/life skill workshops.
What is an SIG Scholar?
An SIG scholar is a humble individual with character and integrity that demonstrates good social etiquette and leadership qualities. An SIG Scholar leads by example in speech and behavior has a good work ethic and always shows respect towards others.
How will we develop an SIG SCHOLAR?
Education: Our staff will work closely with parents, teachers and guidance counselors to make sure SIG students stay focused and on track academically. SIG’s case managers and student athletes will work together to develop an Individual Success Plan (ISP) to determine the specific needs of each student athletes. The ISP is a set of specific goals and benchmarks that will be used to quantify the success of each student. The ISP is the roadmap and guide that will be discussed, revised and measured regularly.
Humility: SIG students will volunteer at UCSF Children’s Hospital cancer treatment center and take part in San Francisco annual AIDS and breast cancer walks.
Work ethic: SIG will collaborate with Department of Public Works to work on community service projects such as graffiti removal and cleaning local parks and blighted areas.
Who We Are
SIG is a community of educators, coaches and mentors who understand the challenges that at-risk student athletes face and are committed to seeing those challenges overcome.
Aside from his mentoring and coaching duties at SIG, Malik Wade is a youth advocate and volunteer at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center, a guest lecturer at U.C. Berkeley and a participant in the Project ReMADE Entrepreneurship program at Stanford Law School. One of his proudest achievements was being voted into the Daly City Hall of Fame on April 5, 2007 after being nominated for this honor in recognition of exemplary community service.
Pete Gort and Malik Wade have known each other for over 25 years. Mr. Gort was one of Malik's high school basketball coaches at Jefferson High School in Daly City, CA in 1988. That same year the team won a California state championship (33-1 record,)
Ed Donaldson is a community economic development expert and SF Bayview district native who has worked tirelessly for more than a decade on behalf of San Francisco's at-risk youth and their families. He brings his experience and expertise to SIG because he believes in the mission and the power of motivated individuals to positively impact their community and world.
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