Wayne State University

Volunteers, Administrators & Coaches Training Program – Ron Simpkins

The Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sports Studies launched the Volunteers, Administrators, and Coaches (VAC) training program in 1999 to train volunteers, athletic coaches, and administrators to ensure quality practices for all youth sports participants. Using the VAC model, the program continues its original mission today while expanding to include targeted activities for underserved youth and their families. VAC programs provide education about the skills necessary to enhance the physical and emotional well-being of youth involved in organized sports in Metropolitan Detroit. While the athletic component provides the “hook” for youth participation, the fusion of technology training into sports proves an effective way to engage youth in activities that emphasize career development as well as physical and emotional well-being.

STEM Technology/Detroit Y-Plan Clubs

Curriculum activities: In collaboration with UC Berkeley, the VAC program involves youth in exploration of and response to issues that face urban cities through Youth – Learn Plan Act Now (Y-PLAN).Y-Plan programming is a part of the technology training. Y-PLAN is a form of Social Enterprise for Learning (Self) project methodology developed by Deborah McKoy and David Stern at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education.

All About Me/Character Development Clubs

This program is collaboration between VAC and the KIDS Enjoy YourSelves Program. The goal is to provide youth with enjoyable educational experiences that enhance self-esteem, drug prevention, and gang violence.

Self-Esteem All Sports Clubs

Self-Esteem All Sport Clubs build upon the traditional sport camp concept to develop self-esteem, promote lifelong movement, and encourage youth to build character while playing sports. Through sports, participants learn proper warm-up and stretching exercises. They work from small to large group skill-building in order to facilitate team building and healthy competitive practices.

Summer Enrichment Sports, Technology and Self-Esteem Camps

In 2016, we celebrated 17 years of summer programming with Detroit children that focuses on the integration of physical activity, technology, and the development of self-esteem. Camps are offered the entire summer on the Wayne State University campus.  

Partners/Funders

Skillman Foundation, Detroit Lions Charities, NFL Charities, Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan, Youth Development Commission, Detroit Youth Foundation, DTE Energy Foundation, Carl’s Foundation, Detroit Housing Commission, Ginosko Development Company, Greening of Detroit, YMCA of Metro Detroit, Detroit Employment Solutions Corp., Ser Metro, Pop Warner Youth Football, PAL/Think Detroit, Detroit Recreation Department, Michigan High School Athletic Association, National Alliance for Youth Sports                                                                    

Community Outreach

100,000 Detroit children

Start Date

1999