SPORTS AS A UNIFIER OF YOUNG PEOPLE

Pelota de Trapo Program

We have to open our hearts. Since we all have something to give and we all have something to receive.

"Young people aren't the future, they are the present"
Pope Francis

Sports with its true essence of the game. Where a rag ball and a square become the biggest soccer stadium, where a ball of paper and a hoop up high becomes a basketball field, where a simple piece of wood can be a baseball bat or a field hockey stick, where a box becomes a football helmet.

LEARNING

How to Work Together
How to Play Together
How to Be Together
Step 1

Building a Community of Young Leaders

The Rag Ball (Pelota de Trapo) is a unique piece, built from different materials that all combined create the ball. Building a community of young leaders is the aim of this first step. A community that is characterized by its uniqueness and diversity.

Scholas Global Citizenship Program

Having a common concern, sharing a common issue is what so many times brings people to work together.In this program, 500 students between 15 and 18 years old from different schools from the same city come together in an educational experience that trains community leaders.

Heart

Without hearing the heart of one another, their personal and common concerns, we cannot build community.

Head

Once we identify the common issue, we want to of course solve it, but it is important first to understand it. Knowledge is a key component for leadership.

Hands

Embracing collective action around a social issue is important not only to create community, but also to educate students in civil engagement.

The making of Pelota de Trapo

As a celebration of the community, the young people will construct their first Rag Ball as a symbol of the work they begin to develop in the community. Each one arrived as a separate piece and they end up sharing all of them in that PDT.

Step 2

Training of Pelota de Trapo Training

The young people will receive intensive theoretical and practical training to be able to carry out sports activities as facilitators with children between 6 and 10 years old.

During the training each young person will have to choose in which sport he/she wants to specialize his/her workshop and will then receive a specific methodology.

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Young Pelota de Trapo Trainers

Day 1 - Passion

Origin of PDT
Play with what is there, go back to the origins of the games.

How does a Scholas educator teach?
We can all educate if we have passion!

Play for the Children!
Passion as an educational engine is not only taught but also transmitted. We are also responsible for the future generations!

Day 2 - The technique of the game

Learning Icebreakers Games. Modes and types.

Game and sport. Differences and similarities. Sports in our lives.

Practice “PDT Back to the origin”
In groups, students will receive a series of recycled or previously used materials with which they will have to make the necessary accessories to be able to play, each group will create its own "rag ball”, according to the sport chosen.

Day 3 - Trainers Take Action!

Testing of the games with recycled materials.
Each group will invite the others to play!

Workshop for Childrens planning. Defining materials after test and final planification of the activity with children.

Step 3

Pelota de Trapo Workshops for Childrens

1 Day / 3 hours program

In groups if 10 students will carry out the Pelota de Trapo workshop for groups of 25 children

1
Warm-up!

Warm-up! Icebreakers to initiate playing!

2
Creating

The children will have to make with their own hands the accessories to develop the sport.

3
Let's Play!

Students will become referees of the sport played with the recycled materials.

4
Conclusions

We will invite children to reflect on their experience with questions that allow them to realize the importance of playing

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First Scholas Pelota de Trapo in Los Angeles

If you are interested in participating in PDT

If you have any questions feel free to contact
info@scholasusa.org

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In order to fulfill our mission of having students from the most diverse social backgrounds participating, Scholas offers its programs ENTIRELY FOR FREE for Students and Teachers.

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FUnd our programs by donating

Support Scholas

In order to fulfill our mission of having students from the most diverse social backgrounds participating, Scholas offers its programs ENTIRELY FOR FREE for Students and Teachers.

If you are interested in donating for our programs in Africa and Latina America you can also make your donation here or visit www.scholasoccurrentes.org

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