While Prep Forward admits up to 10 students into the cohort, yearly, the Community Engagement program allows for a much further reach. The goals of the Community Engagement services are two-fold. To contribute to underprivileged youth's holistic development, helping them become well-adjusted contributors to society. And, to support communities through education, advocacy, and resource allocation by partnering with national companies, local businesses, schools, and organizations with similar interest in empowering youth.
BELOW IS A BREAKDOWN OF SERVICES AND SUPPORT:
- FUEL FOR -
Fuel for Success is a healthy snacking initiative. In 2020, AD99 Solutions provided hundreds of healthy snack bags to summer camp programs. Through a collaboration with Ready Nutrition, an all-natural sports nutrition product line, student-athletes in three Pittsburgh-based schools receive products and nutritional education by registered dieticians for optimal performance.
- COMMUNITY -
In response to COVID-19, AD99 Solutions collaborated with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and BlackBurgh Corporation to distribute thousands of masks and gloves to some of Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable communities. In addition, the organization donated funds to purchase meals for homebound elders, and allocated funds to Woodland Hills High School to purchase computers for needy students. The project will continue as needed.
- MENTAL FLEX -
Mental Flex Forum is a free, virtual education series that connects student-athletes, nationwide, with subject matter experts on various topics. The weekly one-hour sessions offer students practical and engaging information regarding health and fitness, financial literacy, leadership development, and a range of other topics. Given its success, AD99 Solutions will continue to host the series annually.
- YOUTH FOOTBALL -
Each year, AD99 Solutions hosts a free football skills camp in Pittsburgh for youth ages 6-18. The day-long session is led by Founder Aaron Donald and the training staff at 2Tenths Speed and Agility.