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Aspire 2 Inspire

 

ASPIRE

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Our entire team at BZ KIDZ is dedicated to directing the hopes and ambitions of our youth towards achieving something greater and reaching higher heights.

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It takes 2 to make a thing go right. The success of the youth is our success as well. Together we can unite as a community to empower the youth of today for the success of tomorrow’s future.

INSPIRE

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At BZ KIDZ we believe inspiration
is the first step towards achieving any goal.
We inspire our youth to ignite their
creativity to its optimal potential.

Who We Are

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Mission:

BZ KIDZ is dedicated to inspiring and enabling all young people to realize their full potential as caring, responsible and successful individuals; through fun learning experiences in a safe and supervised environment..
Vision:
BZ KIDZ strives to achieve excellence as a youth service organization by encompassing a sense of hope; valuing every member and letting them know they belong, they matter, and they can make a difference.

Our Objectives

✓ Help provide an afterschool program that balances academic, recreational and social activities

✓ Affect the well-being and development of youth by providing an emotionally and physically safe afterschool environment

✓ Impact the academic development and achievement by offering youth monitored practice time while assisting with homework and addressing youth’s skills development

✓ Connect youth to one another, to caring adults, to their neighborhood and to the whole community through providing opportunities for leadership input into program design and implementation, decision-making and service learning

✓ Involve youth, staff, families, community and other stakeholders in a cycle of continuous improvement with a 360 degrees feedback to ensure we are meeting the needs of the youth

✓ Reach out to the maximum number of youth to help empower them and build a brighter future

Meet Our Founder

BZ KIDZ founder, Azadeh Eslamy, is distinguished by her passion for inspiring and enabling the youth of today for the success of our future. Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Azadeh earned her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Organizational Behavior from Arizona State University (ASU), and a degree in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM). Azadeh has always been an enthusiastic, success driven women whose entrepreneurial instinct and clarity of vision has carried multiple companies such as youth organizations in Los Angeles, real estate developers in Dubai as well as fashion houses in Beirut, through rapid and continuous growth.

Today, Azadeh serves as a children’s advocate dedicating her time to the empowerment of youth through her personal motto: Aspire 2 Inspire.

What We Do

BZ KIDZ provides a road map to success for our youth, who are faced with a rapidly changing world, filled with more confusion and uncertainty than ever before. BZ KIDZ offers young people what they need and want most – adults who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves; and interesting, constructive activities that channel youthful energy into challenging pursuits. A youth development strategy that fosters a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and influence underlies all BZ KIDZ programs and builds self-confidence and self-esteem

 

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BZ KIDZ will implement a programmatic strategy designed so that all BZ KIDZ clubs, no matter their size or resources, can partner with youth, parents, schools and other community stakeholders to implement at least one of three approaches: academic enrichment and school engagement; targeted dropout prevention ; and intensive intervention and case management. Our aim is to ensure that all BZ KIDZ members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.

 

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Power Hour: (all age groups)
Power Hour, making minutes count, provides BZ KIDZ members with the strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help and mentoring program that encourages the youth at every age to become self-directed learners. The BZ KIDZ staff is available to provide practical tips and best practices for recognition and incentives, behavior management, volunteer recruitment and training, collaboration with other organizations and use of technology and the Internet.

 

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From Diploma to Degree
: (students ages 12-18)

From Diploma to Degree is a BZ KIDZ college readiness program, providing a range of services to guide BZ KIDZ members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success. BZ KIDZ staff will be trained specifically to be fully equipped with fun high-yield activities and a Teen College Guide, complete with tips on achieving academic success and planning for post-secondary education. This program is also designed to enhance each member’s engagement with learning by providing consistent support from caring and trusted adults in developing the academic, emotional and social skills needed to achieve academic success. This program uses the early warning signals — attendance, behavior and course failure — to identify youth at risk of dropping out of school.

 

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When I Grow Up: (all age groups)
When I Grow Up encourages BZ KIDZ members, starting from as early as age 3, to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join the work force. BZ KIDZ staff or volunteers help members build their job-search skills and job readiness by using implemented field guides and working with the youth individually or in small groups. By partnering with local corporations and small business mentoring, job shadowing and training opportunities round out the program.

BZ KIDZ character and leadership programs are designed to help youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the world they live in. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to the BZ KIDZ club and community and celebrating personal success.

 

Help Me Help You: (6-18)

Studies show that young people who engage in service do better in school, maintain positive relationships with adults and avoid risky behaviors. The BZ KIDZ Help Me Help You Service efforts will help increase the number of youth participating in volunteer and service projects to 1 million members each donating at least one hour of service in a single year. BZ KIDZ will help kids across the nation understand that donating a small amount of time can make a big difference.

 

Check Mate: (all age groups)

This well rounded hands-on program allows youth of all ages to participate in learning how to play a wide range of board games. From the simplest game of ‘connect four’ to more advanced strategic games such as ‘chess’ or ‘backgammon’ participating members will not only develop the knowledge of new game skills, but will be encouraged to strengthen their tactical skills, practice patience and guided to think before they react to any situation whether in the midst of a game or in real life experiences.

 

Born to Lead: (ages 15-18)

This leadership program focuses on providing youth, from ages 15-18, with fun and challenging activities that will allow them to channel their inner leader. Life is not always about taking control or taking charge, a leader must also acquire the ability to be a team player. Born to Lead is delicately structured with; beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, in order to simulate real life courses for members. Once a member has mastered their level they will advance on to the next, ultimately being given the opportunity of being titled a Junior Staff in Training with onsite internship experience.

 

Book Worms: (ages 6-18)
Forming an alliance with local schools, the BZ KIDZ Book Worms club aims to make reading fun. This program incorporates a list of books that are already a part of the academic mandatory reading list. Through interactive techniques and fun filled sessions, members will be encouraged to not only finish their required reading agenda for their specified class, but will be motivated to continue reading.

 

iThe Creative: (ages 10-16)

The Creative is a program that will submerge youth into the realm of creative writing. Exploring a variety of writing methods, members will be persuaded to express themselves and turn their inner thoughts into tangible forms of poetry, short stories, song lyrics and more. Self expression is the key to self growth and BZ KIDZ strives for the personal success of all its members.

The BZ KIDZ health and life skills groups are initiatives to develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.

 


Healthy Habits:
(all age groups)

Healthy Habits is designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the BZ KIDZ experience. This club emphasis good nutrition and improving the overall well-being of its participants, starting with themselves and promoting healthy habits at home with their family. With hands on cooking classes, guest nutritionists and more, members will learn take control of their health staring with what they eat. Parents and family members will be provided with recourses to enhance their knowledge of key health factors such as: obesity prevention, importance of brushing teeth and easy activities to keep the entire family healthy.

 

Namaste: (all age groups)

Namaste is the BZ KIDZ way to bring our youth a bit of peace and inner calmness amongst all the chaos in their lives. Taking time from life to turn your thoughts inwards and reflect upon the day is the basis of a strong mind, happy heart and joyful soul. With activities such as yoga, stretching and thought reflection; members gain the knowledge of self control, personal awareness and peace of mind.

 


Let’s Get Active!
(all age groups)

Let’s Get Active introduces youth of all ages to various sports from local to international as well as dance from hip-hop to ballet, in order to help young people build character, and develop healthy and active lifestyles. Keeping youth active will give them stamina, focus, and skill, while exposing them to a lifelong leisure activity, and an opportunity for personal and professional development.

The youth of today is the future of the technology era. With our daily lives becoming dependant on technological advances, BZ KIDZ strives to keep its members up to date, informed and educated so they will be better equipped for the advanced world they enter upon graduation.

 

KIDZography: (ages 12-18)


KIDZography is a comprehensive cinematography club that immerses youth into the world of cinema. This program is lead in collaboration with international and local directors who with their depth of experiences bring the world of Hollywood, live and direct, to the world of the BZ KIDZ youth. All members will learn to write, direct and film their own short movies which will then become a part of the “BZ KIDZ: Kidzography Youth Film” that will be showcased in several events.

 

#HASHTAG: (ages 10-18)

#HASHTAG is a social media initiative that teams up with local professionals to give BZ KIDZ members the ‘know-how’ of social media. Living life vicariously through the social networks of the people around us, members will take their knowledge & put it towards good use through interactive BZ KIDZ social media outlets.

 

Lemme Take a Selfie! (ages 6-18)

Capturing a million thoughts into one photo: this photography program allows youth to experience that there is more to taking a picture than just taking a “selfie.” With expert staff and team leaders, members will take on the world one photo at a time. With basics such as how to optimize the use of a camera phone, to enhancing the photographic eye, to how photos are printed, the program provides youth with the tools they need to really “capture the moment.”

BZ KIDZ uses art in various domains to provide members with the support and platform of creativity. From simple sketching classes to theatrical classes, art is used as a form of expression to motivate and release emotion, strengthen talent as well as self image, self growth and self confidence.

 


Drama for yo Mama:
(all age groups)

Drama for yo Mama: is a drama education program for youth that encourages members to engage in hands-on activities. Drama education builds self-confidence, sparks creativity and boosts academic achievement. This club is a bi-weekly program consisting of 60 minute sessions segmented for beginner, intermediate and advanced members. Each session can be adapted to fit the age of participants as well. Sessions consist of a short warm-up; a main activity of games, script work or performance; and a 10-minute cool-down. The lessons in stagecraft provide many different ways for members to express themselves creatively, from costumes to set design to directing.

 


Color Splash: (all age groups)
This year-round program encourages artistic expression among BZ KIDZ members through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits. Taught on a weekly basis by staff and experienced volunteers, the program allows youth the ability to not only express their artistic ability, but to see their work on display provides automatic self esteem, and character building from within.

 

MUSE: (ages 12-18)

We all have a muse that ignites a flame of creative ideas and turns it into a fashionable creation. Guided by expert professionals, BZ KIDZ introduces youth to the world of fashion design. With fashion sketching, color/textile and basic pattern with sewing classes, our MUSE members will be the next generation of fashion designers. Which BZ KIDZ designer will you be wearing next?

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Parent Resources

BZ KIDZ strives to meet the educational needs of the youth. Now parents and caregivers can use a similar strategy at home by using these homework tips, time management hints and ideas on how to talk about college with your teen.

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