Rising Stars Youth Foundation founder Paul Savramis explains how his organization is now using learning pods – arguably the way of the future of education – to help student-athletes both in and out of the classroom.
Q: What are learning pods?
Paul Savramis: Learning pods are like remote classrooms. Each pod is available certain days of the week to a select group of students. Currently, RS has six pods throughout NYC and the surrounding area and caters to approximately 75 students.
Q: Why are they important?
Paul Savramis: Rising Stars has always worked toward being a caregiver for its students and their families. When the pandemic hit, many of the young people in our programs were suddenly thrust into being home 100% of the time. As schools open in the most unusual of ways, having pods available acts as both stability and an opportunity to interact with friends and strangers alike.
Q: What do students learn during their learning pods session?
Paul Savramis: Currently, for the fall, we’re working on a series of social justice. We’ve also been very fortunate to have many key speakers available to reach out and teach our families and students about how to turn their situation into something positive for the future. When we first started, the program had students read articles about protest within the NBA. This has evolved into something that has allowed many of our students to feel empowered in uncertain times.
Q: How can families find out more?
Paul Savramis: I would recommend visiting our website (www.risingstarsyouthfoundation.com) or checking out our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Current students and their families will also be provided information via monthly newsletter and through ongoing communication with our educational executives and coaches.