Month: September 2017
Passive Program of the Month
The Story of Broke Athletes
||Georgia State University
|Person in charge:
||Antias "Tyree" Franklin
|Target Population: 50+
||Time Needed to Organize: 1 Week|
|Number of People in Attendance: 50+
||Date(s) of Program: September 1 - September 30|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 1
||Cost of Program: 0|
|On-Campus Population: 5100
||Chapter Size: 51|
|Origin of Program:|
Within University Housing at Georgia State University, Resident
Assistants create educational bulletin boards in accordance to the
Residential Curriculum. During the month of September, RAs can
choose between the themes of either Financial Responsibility or
Academic Goal Setting.
Tyree Franklin decided to go with the topic of Financial
Responsibility because of his passion to help students make smart
financial decisions and his dedication to aligning his Business
degree with his work as an RA. Within Financial Responsibility, RAs
can choose to educate residents on topics such as budgeting, saving
for the future, paying for college, student loans, etc.
Tyree was slightly disappointed in his August bulletin board, so he
promised his team that his September board would be one of the best
for the month. He chose to think outside of the box to create a
board that was visually appealing, relevant to his floor theme of
sports and athletic brands, interesting for his floor of student
athletes, related to pop culture, and perfect for financial
responsibility. His idea stemmed from a popular, new song by the
rapper Jay-Z, called "The Story of O.J." The song tells the story of
OJ Simpson's financial successes and troubles throughout his
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
The Story of Broke Athletes, derived from the song's title,
showcased 4 famous athletes from different sports who went broke
or bankrupt from bad financial decisions. The center of the board
focused on OJ Simpson and helped residents to visualize the song
that many of them knew using a familiar graphic from the music
Mike "Iron Mike" Tyson earned as much as $400 million throughout
his boxing career from his success and sponsorships. However, he
filed for bankruptcy due to his frivolous purchases of mansions,
miscellaneous debt collections, and unpaid child support.
Tyree's Tip #1 was that unpaid debt will sneak up on you. He
provided several tips to prevent his residents from racking up
unnecessary student loan debt. He then listed fiscally responsible
loan repayment options during college and after graduation.
Darren "The Grind Line" McCarty won 4 Stanley Cup hockey
championships with the Detroit Red Wings. He earned as much as $15
million from his success. Due to bad credit card debt, uneducated
investments, and gambling, McCarty filed for bankruptcy as well.
Tyree's Tip #2 was that using a credit card to establish credit is
a great idea. You will need good credit in order to make large
purchases such as vehicles and homes. However, you should only
purchase what you can truly afford and make consistent monthly
payments of the full amount due.
Allen "A.I." Iverson became one of the highest paid basketball
players in the NBA, bringing in an estimated $154 million. He also
made very irresponsible purchases every month and developed a
gambling addiction. However, Iverson does have a trust fund
through Reebok that he cannot touch until 2030 worth $30 million.
Tyree's Tip #3 is that Iverson's trust fund is a great example of
saving money. He describes that college students should create a
savings or an IRA account that will accrue interest and create
savings throughout retirement and their lifetime.
Lenny "Nails" Dykstra was a World Series Champion, 3-time MLB All
Star, and a Silver Slugger Award winner during his professional
baseball career. Dykstra tried to make investments that he
personally felt would see great profits in the future. However,
many of them failed.
Tyree's Tip #4 was that making financial investments is a great
idea. In order to do that, you should study market trends and
possibly utilize a financial advisor or consultant to guide you to
the right investment opportunities.
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|Goals of the program:|
The goals of his bulletin board were very relevant and creative.
Not only did he accomplish goals for his residents, but he also
achieved personal goals that he set for himself.
His first goal was to educate his residents to make smarter
financial decisions with their refund check money. This was very
impactful to his residents because they were all receiving their
refund checks during the month of September.
Another goal was to show his athletes how they could "lose it all"
when coming into large sums of money by not managing their
finances appropriately. Several of his athletes have potential to
continue playing professionally after college, and I know his
lessons will stick with them.
A third goal was for Tyree to utilize what he was learning in his
Finance and Accounting classes to educate his residents. It can
sometimes be difficult to relate college courses to the RA job,
but this helps him to better understand his class concepts and
better perform in the RA role.
In addition to his educational goals, Tyree had a goal to prove
himself to our staff after his past bulletin board. This was
impressive because was intrinsically motivated to excel this
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
Several residents have stopped to read his bulletin board, and
some have even taken pictures. His board was also acknowledge by a
few professional staff members as their favorite bulletin board in
our community for September.
Our Assistant Director of Residence Life was even quoted saying,
"This should win an award." Our senior staff don't often engage
with our RAs and their bulletin boards, so this is definitely
something for Tyree to be proud of this month.
This has created a momentum for Tyree to continue performing above
and beyond. His bulletin board was a great example for me to share
with my RAs that internal motivation and personal goal setting are
very powerful tools. My RAs have already started to plan and
brainstorm ways for their next bulletin boards to stand out. Many
of them have pushed past their original ideas to think more
"outside of the box" to creatively engage their residents.
I am extremely proud of Tyree, and I will continue to push him to
realize his potential for bulletin boards and everything else. This will go down for me as one of the most creative bulletin
board concepts I have ever seen at Georgia State.
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
Bulletin board are evaluated at Georgia State University in three
separate categories, according to our Residential Curriculum.
Tyree exceed expectations in all three categories.
Residential Curriculum & Audience - Tyree received the highest
rating for following all guidelines in the residential curriculum
and addressing all of the learning outcomes and goals. It was very
easy to read, understand, and determine the intended lessons.
Depth of Knowledge - Tyree's bulletin board met all of the
learning goals and presented new knowledge to his residents that
they may not already know. He received the highest score for this
category as well. All of the photos, graphics, and text were
informative, helpful, and relevant for his upperclassmen
Theme & Visual Representation - All of the items on the bulletin
board were related to his floor theme. His floor theme of sports
and athletic brands was a perfect match for his September bulletin
board. He had great use of color, spacing, and graphics. His
content was organized in a way that led the viewers' eyes to the
key lessons of the board.
It is very rare for bulletin boards to receive a perfect score,
but Tyree's financial responsibility board was a shining example.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
Luckily, there are several aspects of this bulletin board that
make it easy to be recreated. The most difficult part of the
creation was the idea, and that is already done!
First, his board cost no extra money to create. He made it using
only printed photos and supplies that we have stocked in our
Resident Assistant Resource Room. Any institution with access to
butcher paper, border, and a printer could create their version of
Second, most campuses have student athletes living within the
residence halls. The other great part about the flexibility of his
board is that it could highlight all athletes or athletes from a
specific sport. Although, the board was geared towards athletes,
it was still relevant for all students in navigating their
Third, this board could be twisted to fit various different well
known figures like musicians, business executives, actors and
actresses, etc. It would be perfect for living learning
communities that target specific populations within residence
Lastly, this idea could be translated into an amazing educational
program about financial responsibility. Representatives from
Financial Aid offices, financial advisors, or professors could
speak on these topics from an experts point of view.
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