About Player 1

Player 1's Video Gaming, Mentoring, Education, eSports, and Community Academy is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) initiative that fuses each child's (both male and female) favorite video games, student, parent, and community mentoring, real-world educational training, and the most popular sport in the world, soccer, to create an active and passive learning environment that not only exceedingly enhances a child's social and emotional development but also heightens their critical thinking, communication, and decision-making skills.

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Player 1's Mandatory Certification Classes

Life Skills  ·    Life Lessons   ·   Life Lived

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Schools teach knowledge, but life demands wisdom. Instead of learning critical life skills on how to manage money, how to negotiate, or how to communicate, kids are regularly taught to memorize information. At no fault of their own, schools are not set up to teach us what matters most. Player 1’s Video Gaming, Mentoring, Educational, Sports and Community Initiative teaches each child the real-world life skills that will equip them with the tools to become successful in the real world.

Player 1's Video Gaming, Mentoring, Educational, Sports, and Community Initiative has 100 mandatory certification courses and 10 electives embedded into the experience. This is a level and point-based program, therefore students will be eager to complete each course to earn points and advance to the next level. Our real-world training curriculum will ensure that each child will become productive citizens who will make a enduring impact on their communities.

Here are just a few of our 100 mandatory certification courses: 

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Financial Life Skills

  • Battling depression and Anxiety

  • Maintaining Healthy Relationships

  • Active Listening

  • Accepting People and their Differences  

  • Understanding Local Government and the Voting Process                                   

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Mentor 360

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A huge part of Player 1's Video Gaming, Mentoring, Educational, Sports, and Community Initiative is our 360 ̊ mentoring model. This is a game-changer. We not only mentor the youth during this experience but we also work closely with their parents as well. Player 1 creates and sustains positive communication with the parents to help them identify their specific needs. We clearly understand that in order for our children to succeed, their parents or guardians must succeed as well. That's why we partner with each students parent/guardian to identify the needs of the household as a whole. From there, our team locates all of the available resources and provides any necessary training to the parent or guardian to make sure each home becomes a productive, positive and safe environment.

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During our Mentor 360 Education Enhancement Experience,

each child's attendance, grades, and test scores are monitored weekly, which allows us to be proactive in making sure our students succeed. When a student's grades or attendance is declining, The Player 1 team steps in and instantly develops a plan of action which includes meeting with the parents to help both parties identify any problems at home that may be hindering the child's progress. From there we begin to put in place facility and home tutoring, daily wake-up calls, in-school monitoring, and other tools that are necessary to guarantee our students success.  Students also earn points by taking part in our Educational Enhancement Experience as well.

Students routinely complain of not having access to dependable and helpful mentorship when they need it most. Early in the morning, late at night, in between classes and immediately following some adversity. Player 1 answers the call by creating a secure online platform that participants can access and engage mentorship 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Strategic Engagement Team

We Are 1

Player 1's, Mentor 360 twenty-four-hour support system also consists of physical mentors that are strategically integrated into the everyday lives of our students to hold them accountable. Our strategic engagement team (We Are 1) visits homes, schools and community locations to hold members accountable to program principals. School administrators, teachers, parents, and peers are urged to send both positive and negative updates to the engagement team whenever necessary. The strategic engagement teams are also instrumental in relieving conflicts between teens in the community before they escalate. 

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Player 1 Facility

 Imagine being a child and walking into a building, and seeing over 1,000 flat screen televisions and gaming consoles everywhere, and as you look at these television screens, you see all of your favorite video games. Imagine being a child and being able to compete against your friends with a chance to win trophies, your favorite pair of sneakers, video gaming units, and even cash. Now Imagine this room also being filled with caring adults who are always positive, smiling and motivating you to do your very best in everything you do. The Player 1 facility provides students with a safe, nurturing environment that molds them into extraordinary adults. 

eSports Competitions

Player 1 facilitates weekly, monthly, and yearly esports gaming competitions. Our members can also join our internal esports teams and compete against other teams on a global scale. 

Video games — both watching and playing them — are now seen as a legitimate form of entertainment, on par with legacy content like television and movies.

 

  • Approximately 436 million people worldwide will watch some form of esports this year

  • The number of esports fans is expected to rise by 59% from 2018–2022

  • Over 40% of esports audiences don’t play the games they watch.

Most students are gaming against friends while they’re at home. Player 1 encourages community connection by allowing them to play in a cooperative environment? Player 1 also have both live and online monthly esports competitions for the general public as well. To find out more click the icon below. 

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A "Trauma-Sensitive" Academy 

Player 1 Academy, Inc. understands the educational impacts of trauma, which is why we create safe, supportive environments where students make the positive connections with adults and peers they might otherwise push away, calm their emotions so they can focus and behave appropriately, and feel confident enough to advance their learning. Some of the ways we accomplish this is;

 

  1. All Staff understands the prevalence and impact of trauma on our students. 

  2. We strive for the physical, emotional, social, and academic safety of all students. 

  3. We address holistic student needs.

  4. We are inclusive, and we connect students to the community, rather than excluding them. 

  5. Our Staff works collaboratively to support students. 

  6. Our Leaders adapt services and supports based on the contemporary needs of students. 

 

 In addition, students are provided with clear expectations and communication strategies to guide them through stressful situations. The goal is to not only provide tools to cope with extreme situations but to create an underlying culture of respect and support.

 

Our three basic principles for creating safe, supportive environments are:

  1. Create an atmosphere that is regarded and felt as safe.

  2. Present an opportunity for individuals in trauma to triumphantly self-regulate their behaviors in productive ways and create a sense of belonging to communities around them.

  3. Establish routines, schedules, structures, and practices that are predictable and allow the individual to establish a sense of competency and achievement.

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