In Real Life Blog Series: Mentoring through Physical Education and Wellness

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
May 6th, 2016
Posted In: In Real Life

Staying active helps promote increased health and wellness throughout all stages of life.  As the school year winds down and summer approaches, we’re sharing stories about how positive mentoring relationships support a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.  This post recognizes the founder of the JT Dorsey Foundation, Julian (JT) Dorsey, and his important work supporting young people through physical fitness and education in real life.

IMG_2599[1]The founder of the JT Dorsey Foundation, Julian Dorsey has dedicated much of his life to improving the lives of young people through mentoring.  It is through his commitment to America’s young people that Dorsey has been able to provide key services to students in inner-city communities including wellness education, leadership and employment training, and physical fitness opportunities.

An organization that uses soccer to develop strong moral character, inspire academic excellence and promote community involvement for young people, the JT Dorsey Foundation was founded in 2007 to address significant gaps in services and social problems negatively impacting children and families.

Today, the organization operates in several cities throughout Pennsylvania, serving hundreds of young people from the ages of 5 to 18 in Coatesville, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Pottstown, Philadelphia  and surrounding regions.

Through a variety of before and after-school programs designed to encourage students to develop and improve their social skills and academic comprehension, mentors and coaches provide athletic skill instruction to help complement and enrich a student’s classroom education.

IMG_2741[1]In partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the JT Dorsey Foundation serves more than 800 young people across Harrisburg and Philadelphia through the Soccer for Success program.  For Dorsey, his core values are apparent and help guide his day to day work.

“Always do what’s best for the kids – I try to keep that at the center of everything I do.  We all need guidance, and mentoring helps point young people in the right direction.  Having a caring adult on a consistent basis can catapult someone to greatness,” Dorsey said.

In addition, the JT Dorsey Foundation partners with local and national partners including the Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, PAL, local school districts, and governing bodies for US youth soccer in order to provide necessary services for young people in underserved communities.


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