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Becoming Your Personal Best (BYPB) is a program built to help today’s youth as they face incredible challenges, connecting them to Olympians and Paralympian mentors who share their own powerful stories of resiliency. Through this partnership, we will help build hope and resiliency in this generation and many to come – not only for our students, but also for the teachers, families, and communities that love and care for them. This exciting and engaging program helps kids in grades 4-12 expand their knowledge of self-identity, mindset, problem-solving, perseverance, relationships, and confidence.
Our program incorporates life lessons from some of the most inspiring role models who have proven resiliency in their own lives – Olympians and Paralympians. These are athletes that young people tend to look up to and are open to learning from. It is with the help of our Olympian and Paralympian champions that BYPB provides essential tools to build and strengthen resilience in the lives of young people.
A first-of-its-kind social-emotional educational program championed by a team of educators and through the generous support of our donors, BYPB provides comprehensive program materials and lesson plans to teachers, counselors, coaches, parents, caretakers, and any adults who work with kids in any capacity.
About Our Program
The BYPB program helps students explore why some people are able to bounce back from adversity more quickly than others and elaborates on how they can develop a positive mindset, grow through failure, and meet personal challenges.
Meet our Athletes
Meet the athletes who share their inspirational life lessons to help young people learn about setting goals, meeting personal challenges, growing through failure, and developing a positive mindset. Not only do these U.S. Olympians and Paralympian mentors instill a sense of pride and sportsmanship in the students they work with, but also help kids translate what they learn in the BYPB program to every aspect of their lives, helping them practice kindness and teach others through their example.
BYPB Video Series
Becoming Your Personal Best is proud to be the recipient of the 2022 Anthem Awards, receiving Bronze in Community Engagement and Silver in Awareness.
"The strengths are that it is extremely well put together, with multiple scaled curriculums. This allows for implementation in almost any setting which I thought was impressive. Then the accelerated lessons are again still comprehensive, but more self guided for the students which is nice to have! The modeling of the concepts by high level athletes who are also portrayed as humans is extremely well done because I feel like almost anybody can watch these videos, go through the curriculum and relate/have good self reflection."
"I love how the module are broken down: Self-Identity, Mindset, Problem Solving, Perseverance, Relationship and Confidence. These are all very important topics to cover."
"I am grateful for your wonderful course! Your tutors are the best, and I am completely satisfied with the level of professional teaching. I recommend these courses to everyone, and wish you, guys, luck with the new studies!"
"They showcase the stories of athletes leading by example and touch the heart which leads us to act - to build our own GRIT."
"I love the format and think it is a great way to build up to reflection. For example, almost every lesson starts with a prompting question, which allows students to begin to unconsciously preview our topic for that lesson, followed by the topic being modeled for them and ending with the reflection of the information that has been presented. I love this format and believe that it is a great way to keep students engaged."
"BYPB helps kids identify their strengths and uses athletes to model the skills. When kids are able to identify those things that they excel, or want to excel at, they begin to find their voice, and BYPB leads them through activities that assist with that. The option to use a shortened version of the curriculum and to choose the pieces that made sense for my classroom was very helpful."
"High production value, variety of activities, compelling stories, fun, adaptable activities (could be used by individuals/groups)."
"Project based Leaner focused It's an actual resiliency based curriculum."
"I think the strengths of BYPB are the actual athletes and their stories. They make the curriculum real...applicable. The videos are very good, too. I like the focus on vocabulary and growth mindset."
"It's very interesting and engaging. The students enjoyed learning about the athletes and applying what they learned to their own."
"Video reaction? 9.5 out of 10 from my kids on relevancy, interest and coolness factor."
"I asked my kids about the videos/lessons and they gave them a 9.5/10! That’s incredible for them – they never give anything more than a 5 or 6."
Frequently Asked Questions
A device to view the videos (tablet, smartphone, desktop, laptop, etc.)
An educator/youth leader/parent to lead each module
Pam Shockley-Zalabak, PhD
Laura Quinn, PhD