Program Shows Kids That Yes, They Can
OXNARD, CA -- Teaching children boxing, kickboxing, fitness and nutrition is just part of Henry Castro's reason for founding his company's Yes You Can program. The CEO of Knockout International also founded the program to help children ages 11 to 16 of different backgrounds and economic levels learn basic business skills and become "great contributors to society."
The eight-week program gives 16 children a feeling of teamwork, individual drive and respect for people, Castro said. Participants meet for two hours, three times a week. Each class can include a variety of topics, including how the body works, how boxing and kickboxing can maximize coordination skills, how to eat out or at home on a budget and overcoming obstacles to obtain a healthy lifestyle. Guest speakers and tutors also visit with the children, explaining the importance of balancing education, fun, work and life. Youth of different backgrounds and economic levels come together for the program that also emphasizes business skills. Once participants graduate they meet with some of the program's corporate sponsors and go through a job interview process. Currently, the program is enrolling participants for its Feb. 28 program. By late summer, Castro hopes to expand the program.