Hi Everyone my name is Arely. This summer I got the chance to work with BTST once again and I’m super excited.
Super excited to be coming at you with my first blog post of the summer, but before I introduce myself, I just wanted to give a huge shoutout and thank you to Canada Summer Jobs for this opportunity. This summer is going to be a great one, I am so looking forward to working with an organization like Beat The Streets Toronto and alongside such an awesome team.
I have been a part of Beat The Streets Toronto as an athlete since I was fourteen when I had just started to get involved in the sport of wrestling. I had the opportunity of working with the organization last summer and I am excited to be working with a new team this summer.
I am hoping to really learn the in’s and out of social media, and how to best share what this amazing non-profit is all about. Learn how to make blog posts and social media postings that people want to read. I’m also just really looking forward to being able to put out there what Beat The Streets Toronto is.
I am looking forward to being creative with my posts and creating content that reaches many different groups of people. I have a great interest in the psychology of sports and the mental side of wrestling, so you can definitely expect some blogs and posts along those lines. Wrestling is so fun and so as much as I am interested in the science behind it I hope also to be putting out some content that brings a smile to your face and challenges you to better yourself one day at a time.
Back in 2016 I met these two amazing young women, they were both very green to the sport of wrestling, brimming with enthusiasm and full of potential. Little did I know that they would embark on such awesome high school careers. Dejah would become a multiple time national champion and multiple-time OFSSA champion while Simi would excel in her academics averaging mid-to-high 90s throughout academic career and achieving academic scholarship standards and gaining acceptance to the McMaster University Science Department.
These two ladies great role models to our current Beat the Streets Toronto student-athletes. They embody the ideals that we share with our student athletes. Ideals like working hard, having a strong mindset, perseverance and dedication to your sport and education, a deep focus in working through your tasks and achieving your goals.
It is our pleasure to have them return and work with us this summer through the Canada summer jobs grant program. we are very excited about the work they're going to be doing and how it's going to impact Beat the Streets Toronto in a positive way moving forward. We are very confident that they will put all that they've learned over the years into their efforts this summer and we're excited about the results.
Welcome back Dejah and Simi!
This summer the Mentorship program expanded its outreach by not just following academic achievement, but by also mentoring our student/athletes into the workforce. During this past summer, Brea Rodgers, Arely Torales, Ana Mendez all worked with BTST. The job/internship included clerical work, research and community outreach. We here at BTST strongly believe that getting real work experience is beneficial to overall growth of an student/athlete. Giving high school and first year university students life skills will open doors that were not previously accessible. Additionally, by employing BTST student/athletes we were able to expand our outreach to various communities throughout Toronto. This was achieved by using promotional tools like having our students write articles on an online platform and use guerrilla tactics like handing out flyers and promoting at festivals and events.
Conversely, through our partnerships with employment agencies like LEF, Learning Enrichment Foundation and VPI Work Solutions we were also able to help other members of the BTST family to find meaningful employment like, LEF daycare services, Milestones, Party City and the KEG. Again, by working on the three pillars of wrestling, academics, and life experience students will be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. Overall it was a great experience for the kids. Here are some testimonials.
I enjoyed working and learning with BTST. I was able to get out of my comfort zone and learn something everyday. It also beat flipping burgers.
I feel that my resume will be so much better now that I am able to add BTST as an employer.