Project Effort

Project Effort is a Physical Activity, Mentoring, and Youth Leader Corps Program Designed to Promote Personal and Social Responsibility

Project Effort is a collaboration between the Kinesiology Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the following organizations:
  • Guilford County Schools
  • Glenhaven Community Center
  • Center for New North Carolinians
  • Greensboro Parks and Recreation
  • Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
  • Guilford Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • Avalon Trace Community Center


Office: (336) 334-3034
Fax: (336) 334-3238







Sandra Hughes from WFMY News2 interviews Those Who Care award winner Thomas Martinek about Project Effort     [ Text transcript (PDF) ]

Project Effort is centered around its elementary and middle school sports clubs. In addition, "veteran" high school participants become members of the Youth Leader Corps. We use physical activity as a basis to teach the goals of Don Hellison's Personal and Social Responsibility Model. We also emphasize transferring these goals to contexts "Outside the gym," such as school, home, and other community settings. To help accomplish this, we also have a mentoring program. Graduate and undergraduate students work one-on-one with club members on goal setting at the schools. All mentors receive special training.

Project Effort also includes teacher and parent involvement. Workshops are offered to not only help the participating teachers become aware of the program and their students' experiences. They also become more involved in the mentoring process themselves. Parent Nights are used to help inform families about the program and its goals. Summer internships are also provided to help broaden the Youth Leader Corps vision of possible futures.

The general goals of our program are for the students to demonstrate:

  • Personal Responsibility : Try out things and persist when challenged;
    Set personal goals and be self-directed.
  • Social Responsibility : Show self control and respect for others;
    Care about and be responsive to others' needs; Leadership;
    Be able to gain a sense of ownership in the club and it's values.
  • Transfer: Apply the goals and values of the club in other settings, particularly school.