Now in it's second year, creator and three-time Super Bowl Champion Riki Ellison was excited to announce the return of his Youth Impact Program (YIP) to Hawaii from June 18 - 29 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
YIP is an innovative leadership development program and partners with universities across the United States.
Once again, Chef Roy Yamaguchi hosted an event at his restaurant Eating House 1849 in Waikiki to celebrate the programs success and changes for the upcoming year.
"I had a great time last year with the kids and very thankful that Riki brought the program to Hawaii." said Yamaguchi.
The program is meant to promote positive development in low-income, urban-based, at-risk middle school male students, between the ages of 10 and 14 years old.
The YIP was developed and implemented to target middle school male students who are resistant to or uncomfortable in classic learning environments and designed to help with issues that the students face in inner-city public schools through academic support, guidance counseling, character development, and social interaction activities and nutrition.
Members of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines mentor the student-athletes in leadership skills and assist in classroom control.
The YIP curriculum is STEM based (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and was designed to use football terminology to make math, reading, and life skills learning more applicable to the middle school male students.
The YIP program is free of charge to the student and provides over 60 hours of classroom time and 20 hours of football and fitness training, mentoring and teaching. YIP also provides clothing, two meals a day, transportation, field trips and is held on-site at the university. The students will also go through football training, taught by leading NCAA and NFL coaches that focus on football safety.
In Hawaii, the University of Hawaii football program has taken over the on-field portion of the schedule.
Nick Rolovich, head coach for the Rainbow Warriors explained, "I was a little big surprised how much our guys got out of it, developmental leadership skills, connection with these kids and understanding the greater responsibility that they have that was a pleasant benefit for our football team and for those kids".
To register for this year's program, visit the YIP Hawaii website here.