As many people make New Year’s resolutions to live a more healthy lifestyle, Life Skills Center of Elyria has offered a special fitness program for months.
ELYRIA — As many people make New Year’s resolutions to live a more healthy lifestyle, Life Skills Center of Elyria has offered a special fitness program for months.
Crystal Garmon, administrator for Life Skills Center of Elyria, said the program, called HARDCORE, offers an extracurricular option for male students. It is taught by Paul “Theo” Theodore and combines fitness training with character development, she said. Theodore incorporates five core principles: humility, hard work, helping others, self-discipline and self-confidence.
“It is a great way to engage new male students and is hopefully contributing to the retention of those students,” said Garmon.
According to Garmon, approximately seven to eight students participate in the program on an average basis and students can join at any time.
“I always think it's funny when I walk into a place thinking I'm going to give something to youth, then I walk away gaining so much more,” said Theodore, who also is CEO and fitness coach for Fit Me Up, which HARDCORE is based on. “We know the positive impact fitness can have on the mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of individuals. So we created something that was more than just sets and reps and helps people become better in all aspects of life.”
Life Skills offers an alternative high school education to students between the ages of 16-21. Class hours and curriculum are designed to be flexible enough to fit each individual’s needs. In addition to computer-based learning and highly qualified teachers available for one-on-one attention, Life Skills assists students outside of the classroom with job placement and counseling for higher education.
Theodore said he has one student in particular who has used the program to help him with his sobriety. He said the student, whose name is withheld for confidentiality reasons, has inspired him and other students.
“When Theo came to our school, I figured that I should actually listen to what he says, even if I'm not that physically fit,” said the student. “The first few meetings with him really tested my abilities. There were a lot of people in the first few weeks, so I felt like I probably wouldn't fit in. I had a lot of things going wrong; I was on a bad path.
“Theo has been a great motivator through all of these workouts, but more importantly, he inspired me,” he added. “I never thought at the beginning that I would be where I'm at today. I learned a lot about life and staying fit, and most of the thanks I give would have to go to Theo, the others would have to go to select friends and my family. My mom and dad can see how I’ve changed; I'm more confident and look more fit.”
Theodore said while the class is fitness based, it offers students so much more.
“At the beginning of each class, we connect about life and touch the surface about the principle of the day, for example, confidence, humility, helping others, discipline, hard work, etc.,” said Theodore. “At the end of the workout, we always wrap up with a quick life talk and challenge for the week.”
Life Skills offers high school students a nontraditional option for obtaining a high school diploma. It fits the needs of a variety of students with different backgrounds and lifestyles, including: students returning to high school, accelerated students, pregnant students, students who need high school credit recovery, teen mothers, students working while going to school and families with special circumstances.
For more information about Life Skills, visit http://lifeskillscenters.com.
If you’re interested in learning more about Life Skills and would like to interview Maggie Ford, chief academic officer at White Hat Management, call 330-535-6868 or email Maggie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Life Skills:
Life Skills operates centers in Ohio, Arizona and Colorado and offers an alternative high school education to students between the ages of 16-21. Class hours and curriculum are designed to be flexible enough to fit each individual's needs. For more information, visit http://lifeskillscenters.com.
Life Skills Center of Elyria
2015 West River Road North
Elyria, OH 44035
About White Hat Management
White Hat Management contracts and assists nonprofit corporations that hold charters or see a need for a charter school in their community. White Hat Management operates 33 schools in three states under the auspices of two separate educational ventures. The Academies are tuition-free and are open to students in grades K-8 throughout the state of Ohio. Life Skills Centers are alternative education charter schools serving students between the ages of 16 and 21 in Ohio, Colorado and Arizona.
121 S. Main St.
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