Regardless of wealth, culture, or test scores, children need to know that their unique voice is being heard. With the support of the most passionate educators in the Bellevue School District, Rainier Athletes identifies students who for some reason or another, have resigned towards apathy, and who's unique voice has been muted. In order to ignite a newfound sense of passion, purpose and perseverance Rainier Athletes rallies a community of core supporters to the conversation, a conversation centered around caring for a specific student with specific needs. The unique story of this student is amplified across the community- from each school they attend, to each teacher they learn from, to each coach they compete for.
Rainier Athletes in class "point system" captures the social and emotional development of each student on a daily and class-to-call basis. Rather than goals being set by some ambiguous third party, typically in the from of a standardized test score, we, the core supporters in a student's life (coaches, teachers, mentors & parents), and the student them self, define emotional milestones that must be met in order for the student to participate in their weekend sports game.
Our approach differentiates from those of other organizations in the way that we partner with schools, sports leagues and other community partners. Our trained mentors go beyond developing a trusting a relationship with each Rainier Athlete, they connect the parents with the schools, bring the teachers onto the sports field, and the coaches into the classrooms. The results is a previously isolated student who feels a much greater sense of connectedness.