10/27/15: Sade Collington, one of our Youth Development Coaches at The Castle Hill M.S 127 in the Bronx, attended the 2015 AthLife Foundation Conference at Keybridge Marriott, Arlington, VA on July 16-18. The purpose of the conference was to bring together youth development experts, coaches, mentors and organizations committed to positive youth development through sports to discuss ways to improve each other’s work. Sade was excited to attend and network with amazing people who share her passion of helping students excel in school and in their personal lives. Sade recalls her experience,

Attending the conference was a wonderful experience for me. I was able to meet great people and gain wonderful connections. I met many authors, persons with doctoral degrees, and athletes, many of whom were of African American descent. I met different people and listened to their stories and the struggles that helped them become successful. I believe the conference gave me a window of opportunity to realize just how much I influence children as well as how much they influence me. I learned that each child is different therefore how you deal with each child should be too. It’s easy to put people in categories but children should be looked at on a case -to-case basis. I’m excited about the year to come because I want to implement the lessons I learned this summer.