Prince Charming is a school-based program specifically designed for young males with a focus on mathematics, literacy, and critical thinking. Prince Charming encompasses a weekly curriculum that engages 35, 4th and 5th grade students at each school. The goal of this program is to encourage each student to develop a habit for reading and possess a deeper appreciation for math.
Through Prince Charming, students become members of the NBA Math Hoops® team, and are provided annual subscriptions to Sports Illustrated for Kids and National Geographic Kids magazines. These magazines provide articles and passages of interest to our young male students.
Sports Illustrated for KIDS is a magazine for youth who love sports. It presents sports in a way students want to read about them: through exciting action photos, easy-to-read stories about star athletes, helpful instructional tips from professional athletes, funny comics, and engaging activities.
National Geographic Kids brings the spirit of exploration and adventure to young people. In our modern world, students will grow to face decisions that will require them to understand how our interconnected global community works.
The NBA Math Hoops® curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills, and it has been shown to improve students’ basic math skills and understanding of statistics, in addition to their interpersonal skills.
In combination with literacy and mathematics enrichment, the students in the fourth grade take a field trip to the local library to receive their own library card and learn of all the resources available. Our fifth grade students, in conjunction to the reading and mathematics program, visit the local children’s science museum to begin exploring the foundation of STEAM.
The program’s unique approach to eradicating disparities in reading and mathematics achievement gap provides students with constant encouragement, positive mentoring, and high-quality enrichment. Learning is at its best when an activity provides ongoing feedback, grabs and sustains students’ attention, and has appropriate and adaptive levels of challenge. The relationships established between the students and program mentors also provide our young men with an opportunity (and excuse) for changing their spheres of influence. Prince Charming offers an alternative to traditional intervention methods while still improving student outcomes.
Our work does not replace what the schools are doing, but it serves more as a supplement to further enhance the educational, emotional, and social experiences of our students. At the end of our two-year program intervention, we expect the following student outcomes: a 15% increase in academic performance, a 90% of increase in students’ reading and mathematics scores, a 10% increase in attendance, as well as a 25% decrease in yearly suspensions.