From the mother of Kamran Siddiqui (Founder)

Kamran Siddiqui was a remarkable 22 year old young man who left a huge impact on all people who came to know him. After Kamran passed away, KAMS Foundation was created in an effort to reflect Kamran’s heart and passion as well as realize one of his dreams and goals.

Kamran had a selfless heart. He was always helping others in need. From a very young age, he was led to defend those who could not defend themselves, give to those who were less fortunate, and champion those who were marginalized…with a very tender place in his heart for children.

Through KAMS Foundation we want to reflect Kamran’s heart by affirming and empowering underprivileged, and marginalized youth.

Kamran had a love for sports but a specific passion for soccer. From the age of 4 until his death; he devoured the game of soccer, he could never get enough.

Through KAMS Foundation we will use the vehicle of sports and initially soccer to deliver our objectives to this youth development program.

Kamran had a lot of great character traits and life skills, but one of the things I loved about him was that he was always striving to grow in character, be a better person, and he never stopped asking questions in an effort to learn life skills or skills in general. He was driven to achieve success in all areas of his life.

Through KAMS Foundation we want to provide youth with the opportunity to develop positive character traits, and teach them practical life skills, so that they can achieve success in every aspect of their lives.

Affirmation

We believe that affirmations have the power to create a story within a child. Children are continuously wiring their brain and molding their behaviors based on their environment, which eventually leads to their belief system. Affirmations are a powerful tool of building a positive mind within a child, bringing self-confidence into their belief system, so that if their belief is challenged, the affirmation defeats the challenge. Self-confidence affects a child’s ability to learn and participate in school. Self-confidence promotes positive social, emotional and physical growth; it drives relationships and empowers them to achieve their dreams and goals. Affirmations provide positive foundations for children from which to grown on.

MENTORSHIP

Mentoring has the power to create a positive change in youth. Youth with mentors have higher rates of high school graduation and are less likely to drop out of school. Studies show that behavior, attitudes and relationships improve when a youth has a mentor. According to MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, youth at risk that had a mentor were 55% more likely to enroll in college; 78% more likely to volunteer regularly; and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

We believe character is defined by a range of attitudes, motivations, behaviors, and skills. The importance of helping youth build character strength (i.e. optimism, curiosity, social intelligence, self- control); cultivating good character; promotes healthy development and well-being, and acts as a buffer against potential developmental risk factors. For example, giving youth tools to build their curiosity leads to their openness to become inspired, enthused and motivated among other traits. KAMS takes time to work with youth by fostering youth to be motivated, believe in success and provide opportunities to engage in moral action.

LIFE SKILLS

In everyday life, we face challenges and an ever-changing environment. We want to help youth deal effectively with these challenges and have the character tools to adapt to change. The more these life skills are developed, the more these affect and have the ability to benefit the world in which we live. Through experiential learning, youth learn about sharing with others, the responsibility of respect, critical thinking and problem solving, listening, communication, positive thinking, and more.

KAMS Foundation is rooted in the 5 Competencies of Emotional Intelligence (as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning known as CASEL) and is referred to as Social and Emotional Learning (SEL):

5 Core Competencies

Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness refers to

Youth are able to recognize their emotions, describe their interests and values, and accurately assess their strengths.

Self Management

Self-Management refers to

Youth are able to recognize their emotions, describe their interests and values, and accurately assess their strengths.

Youth are able to regulate their emotions by managing stress, controlling impulses, and persevering to overcome obstacles.

Social Awareness

Social Awareness

Youth are able to take the perspective of and empathize with others and recognize and appreciate individual and group similarities and differences.

Responsible Decision Making

Responsible Decision Making

Youth are able to demonstrate responsible decision making and make good choices at school, at home, and in the community.

Relationship Skills

Relationship Skills

Youth can establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships based on cooperation.

KAMS Foundation will utilize the SAFE approach to implementing an effective SEL program.

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