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The JYD Project is a youth development organization for kids ages 5 - 18 that empowers young people to realize their full potential and partners with other charities that support and serve youth.  The JYD Project assists students in becoming positive and productive adults through fun and engaging educational-based programs.

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Children's Programs & Community Service Opportunities based in Henderson, Nevada
As a national nonprofit organization promoting education and helping kids stay in school, the JYD P.R.O.J.E.C.T in Henderson, Nevada, offers children's programs and community service opportunities focused on childhood literacy and student motivation.

Established in 2009 by NBA player Jerome “JYD” Williams, The JYD Project was formed to provide youth with an exciting and effective alternative youth development program. Incorporating “a touch of urban flavor” Junk Yard Dog is able to attract and engage youth on their level using culturally relevant learning methodologies and age-specific activities. These practices allow youth to learn new skills and knowledge at a pace, style and format easily adaptable to their everyday life, increasing self-efficacy and measurable outcomes.

Teen pregnancy, drug abuse, and the high school dropout epidemic disproportionately affects disenfranchised youth from impoverished socioeconomic communities at an alarming rate.
Returning the Favor

The JYD Project focuses on empowering youth in overcoming these statistics by teaching them life skills, alternate coping methods, and realistic goal setting for addressing these issues. Included is the signature tenet “Create Your Plan, Work Your Plan,” a step-by-step roadmap for success, as the core element of every program offered by the JYD Project.

The purpose of the Junk Yard Dog persona is to create a fun, dependable, and relatable authoritative figure youth will readily trust. Research shows that youth are more likely to emulate a persona who looks, acts, and relates to their personal experiences. Junk Yard Dog came from an environment where things are outdated, discarded, and undervalued; but he rises above this stigma to become a player of the game of life. This character shows up in basketball swag gear, but by the end of the program transforms into the professional, donning business attire. Module by module, the youth mentally undergo this metamorphosis with him. They evolve from underrepresented youth of the inner city into successful, confident citizens of the world.

JYD
P. prepare teenagers for real life
R. re-engage struggling students
O. offer college scholarships
J.  join & assist various non profit boards
E. empower parents to advocacte
C. create charitable collaborations
T. talk to youth & educators about passion

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SHOOTING FOR PEACE is a program spearheaded by global ambassador & former NBA player Jerome “JYD” Williams, and NBA Legends.  National events supporting Jerome’s non-profit JYD Project, Inc., READ60, and the Chapters of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) bring together local community members, schools, and students, creating memorable experiences and offering educational opportunities through:

  • Read60 Book Distribution: NBRPAchapters strive to “improve literacy rates throughout the world through book distribution and bring unattainable experiences to life”.   The goal for each event is to distribute 25,000 books to local District School Board students in elementary, intermediate, and high school in each city.
  • Panel Discussion:An open forum discussion for youth and community members with featured speakers from the local community and special celebrity guests.
  • Poetry-Writing Contest:High school students at participating schools will have the opportunity to tell JYD and his panel of friends what Shooting for Peace means to them by writing a one page poem on the subject and presenting it to the panel for prizes and scholarship donations.
  • Scholarship Awards:The University of Alabama is offering scholarship opportunities to qualifying students who participate in the poetry-writing contest.   Each scholarship is valued from $2,000 up to approximately $100,000 (for full tuition and books).
  • Celebrity Basketball Game:Former NBA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters players take the court with local high school talent, police, celebrities and community members for an afternoon of entertainment, music and amazing skills.

 

>>Click Here For More Shooting For Peace Information<<

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Shooting For Peace Camp With Legends of Basketball

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This is a shooting for peace basketball camp that is put on by the legends of basketball and The JYD Project If you are looking for a place to improve your skills in basketball for the summer and would like to participate click the link below.
>>CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR CAMP #1<<
>>CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR CAMP #2<<
Last years Camp was an overwhelming success.  This was demonstrated by the improved skill level observed in our Campers during both individual and team competition. This Camp is for boys and girls ages 7 -15 with varying levels of experience in Basketball.  Participants will learn basic Basketball fundamentals with an emphasis on the importance of Discipline, Determination and Dedication to improve their game and skills in Dribbling, Shooting, Passing, and Proper Defensive Form. Read60 books will be provided to all participants.

Schedule & Locations

Valley View Recreation Center 500 Harris St, Henderson, NV 89015

Session #1

Monday June 12th – Friday June 16th, 2017 9am – 3pm
>>CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR CAMP #1<<

Session #2

Monday June 19th – Friday June 23rd, 2017 9am – 3pm
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Basketball & Books Camp  tuition will be $199.00 per session if you sign up before 04/01/17. Anything after that date the tuition will be $300.00. Our goal is to keep the cost at a minimum to allow all children in our community an opportunity to participate in a valuable fitness camp program.
>>CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR CAMP #1<<

 

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China Exchange Camp

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Throughout the four-day camp, JYD and coaches will offer tips and hands-on instruction, including lectures, fundamental basketball skills stations, contests, and games in a high-energy, fun, and positive environment. Campers will be placed in small groups by age to ensure that each child gets maximum instruction. Each camper will receive a limited-edition JYD gear package (including a t-shirt, shorts, and sling bag), a camp team photo with JYD, and a souvenir autograph (item provided). This camp is for ages 12 and up.
 
>>SIGN UP FOR CHINA EXCHANGE CAMP <<

 

Schedule & Locations

Valley View Recreation Center 500 Harris St, Henderson, NV 89015

 

Session #1

Monday July 10th – Thursday July 13th, 2017 9am – 3pm

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AWARDS/RECOGNITION:

  • Proclamation from Henderson Nevada
  • Letters of Recognition from Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush
  • Letter of Recognition from Stephen Horsford
  • Proclamation from the Governor of Detroit
  • Proclamation from the State of Nevada
  • Proclamation from North Las Angeles

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