BAWSI Girls

 

BAWSI Girls is a free after-school fitness and confidence building program where female athletes inspire young girls to get active, believe in themselves and improve their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors about physical activity.

This program focuses on 2nd through 5th grade girls at Title 1 eligible schools where approximately 70% of students receive free reduced lunch.

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The BAWSI Girls Program

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to resiliency and opportunity…

BAWSI Girls Framework

BAWSI Girls Curriculum

Activity

fun, physical activity to move the body; and mindfulness to quiet the brain and combat the toxic stress of poverty.

• Introduce multiple sports and fun games that create physical literacy
• Weekly goal setting & pedometer tracking for physical activity
• Basic mindfulness techniques used each week
• Build the ability, confidence and desire to be physically active for life
• Ensure a positive, fun first experience with physical activity and sports

Connection

to a caring adult who provides unconditional encouragement, models positive choices and an alternative path for life.

• Children connect with the same two BAWSI staff members each week. One staff member leads the site while the other staff member connects at the “Red Station” where we facilitate mindfulness techniques and self-reflection
• A supportive correspondence is created between BAWSI coach & participant with the use of journals traded back & forth on a weekly basis
• Our ratio of role model coaches to BAWSI Girls is no more than 1:11 allowing for attention and connection.

Contribution

belief that her/his own actions, beliefs, and ideas matter. Positive recognition for expressing, sharing, and leading.

• BAWSI Girls are asked to think and share their own ideas about how to work together, be a good teammate and input to other “words of the week” topics.
• A gathering of graduating BAWSI Girls are invited to lead their own service learning project using the Upward Roots curriculum.

Expectations

boundaries and routines that help set high expectations for her/his own behavior, accomplishments & achievements.

• “Words of the week” provide clear expectations for what it means to be a BAWSI Girl.
• Low coach to participant ratios allow for pull-outs and coaching around positive team behavior

Skills for Life

teamwork, collaboration, communication and more pro-social behaviors that enable success.

• Each week every game, team assignment, and exercise is intentionally selected to give our BAWSI Girls direct experience with positive life skills

Sense of Belonging

feeling like a valued member of a positive group or community.

• Starting with a membership card and ending with a closing cheer and BAWSI song, each BAWSI session is about building an inclusive, engaging team environment and camaraderie that lasts well beyond our time together on the playgrounds.

Typical BAWSI Girls Site

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Local Schools

Free to students and school, after school program.
Offered at schools with demographics of ~70% free/reduced lunch program.

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Participants

2nd-5th grade girls
50-65 girls per session

Athlete Leaders

2 BAWSI-paid part-time staffers manage and lead site

Volunteer Athletes

4-20 female athlete volunteers from local universities, junior colleges & high schools

Support Staff

School administrators who help with recruitment, registration & retention

Current BAWSI Girls Sites

Percentage of free/reduced lunch per site in 2015.

  • A.J. Dorsa Elementary 90%
  • Bishop Elementary 72%
  • San Miguel Elementary 72%
  • Rosemary Elementary 90%
  • Blackford Elementary 69%
  • Gardner Elementary 81%
  • Fair Oaks Elementary 97%
  • John Gill Elementary 75%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education

Bay Area map with BAWSI GIrls sites