Rising Stars founder Paul Savramis recently announced that the foundation has partnered with Long Island City YMCA to help area kids attain success. The partnership will provide an outlet for at-risk kids in Queens.
Q: Why is Rising Stars partnering with YMCA?
Paul Savramis: The similarities between Rising Stars and the YMCA ‘s are very clear. Both focus on the same things. The development of youth and empowering children with the tools they need to succeed in life is very important to both organizations. We both utilize sports as a vehicle to promote education and teamwork. We both focus on what’s essential in helping kids succeed.
Q: What will the partnership offer?
Paul Savramis: This program will target a group of Rising Stars that need academic support and will track their progress from grade six through entry into college. All participants will be enrolled in both Rising Stars and the YMCA yearly programs. Study hall will become as familiar as the gym, and success in class – a prerequisite to getting into the gym.
Q: Who will be in charge of directing the program?
Paul Savramis: Mr. Tyrone Green, a lifelong advocate and champion of youth, will be the program director. Mr. Green has been with rising stars since it began and he has a reputation for making a difference in the life of a child.
Q: What is the best thing about Rising Stars?
Paul Savramis: The Rising Stars Foundation uses the power of teams to get kids involved in positive yearly programs they want to stay with throughout their formative years. These programs are a key to helping them make correct decisions when facing the challenges of growing up. Our success has encouraged many other people to start programs like ours. Rising Stars believes that the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of programs like ours, more young people in neighborhoods around the nation are taking a greater interest play and thus in learning and making smarter life choices.
Each year, Paul Savramis and the Rising Star Youth Foundation hold a foundation dinner at the New York Athletic Club and focus on the importance of having programs like the one with the YMCA to make a difference in the life of a child.