Month: September 2017


Passive Program of the Month
The Story of Broke Athletes

School: Georgia State University Region: SAACURH
Person in charge: Antias "Tyree" Franklin Nominator: Brett Ellis

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 professional career.

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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 video.

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 month.

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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 community.

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 this board.

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 financial responsibility.

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 life.

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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Date of entry into database: 2017-09-29 16:38:43

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