In 2009, the Justin Blalock Foundation teamed up with the Training for Excellence organization to present its annual Teen Leadership Purpose and Destiny Conference. The Conference offered workshops on careers, relationships, and finances that help to build self-esteem and confidence in youth, how to handle peer pressure, college preparation tips, goal setting, money management, time management, communication skills, and how to create a winning attitude.
In 2009, The Justin Blalock Foundation also supported the Man Up! program and the Top Achievers Foundation. Here are a couple of comments from students that benefited from the Foundation’s support.
“I traveled to Hsinchu Taiwan representing the City of Plano and the United States as a member of the 2009 Plano Youth Ambassador. This appointment was granted by DFW Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce after I underwent a rigorous interview to gain a spot on the delegation. The support from Justin Blalock Foundation made this experience possible”. -Malcolm Mann
“I currently workout on basketball skills at Top Achievers Foundation and received “New Comer of the Year” honors. Scholarship offers are pouring in from Colorado University, Southern Methodist University, Boston College to name a few. If it wasn’t for Justin Blalock Foundation’s support I would have not be able to attend the summer show cases to be seen by colleges coaches or showcase my talents”. -Rashad Smith
Annual Football Camp
Starting in the Summer of 2010, the Foundation offered a 1-day football camp that teaches football skills. The camp is targeted to aspiring and existing athletes, ages 12-18.
To keep a focus on academics, the camp always features a workshop that will teach other skills. In 2010, the workshop was “Nutrition for Athletic Success” and “Balancing School with Sports” that empowered and encouraged the young athletes. In 2011, Mr. Roland Parish, owner and CEO of 27 Dallas-area McDonald’s restaurants presented a workshop on “Goal Setting for Life”.
Over the years, Justin has partnered with like-minded organizations like the Atlanta After-School All-Starsto offer an incentive program for excellence in the classroom. The program impacts over 2,000 students at eleven middle schools in inner-city and suburban Atlanta. Justin donates 25 tickets to each Falcons home game to the After-School All-Stars.
The Atlanta After-School All-Stars program’s mission is to develop children into their fullest potential. The goal is to help students become critical thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens, technologically competitive and active life-long learners.
“We are exceedingly pleased to partner with the Justin Blalock Foundation,” Executive Director Dr. Walt Thompson said. “The collaboration between the Justin Blalock Foundation and the Atlanta After-School All-Stars will make a huge difference in the lives of so many children in the Atlanta area.”