Student Athlete Development
THE BRUIN LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM
The Bruin Athletic Council (BAC) is a leadership group that consists of representatives from all 24 Bruin teams. They meet every three weeks throughout the academic year. This select group provides an important voice to the athletic administration, and serves as a forum to offer input regarding the student-athlete experience, programming ideas/needs, community outreach projects, Pac-10 and NCAA legislation. The BAC is responsible for communicating information on upcoming events to their teams and coaches, while working to create unity among all athletic teams.
THE WOODEN ACADEMY: TEAMWORK, LEADERSHIP & CHARACTER
Life skills workshops are provided to student-athletes on topics such as interpersonal communication (DiSC Assessments), leadership, teambuilding, substance use and misuse, nutrition, etiquette, social networking, time and stress management. These workshops are conducted by Athletic Department staff, UCLA staff or faculty, or community professionals.
The Student-Athlete Mentor Program (SAMS) was reintroduced in the winter of 2010. The purpose of this group is to provide each team with a representative(s) that will be trained and able to serve as a role model and resource to his or her teammates and other student-athletes. SAMS will deal with a variety of issues, including but not limited to: alcohol and drug abuse, nutrition and eating disorders, basic counseling and referral skills, safety, stress, sexual harassment and misconduct. The members of SAMs are committed to displaying a positive image to fellow athletes by providing help and support through education, awareness, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
Bruin student-athletes, coaches and staff have the opportunity to participate in community outreach activities on campus and throughout the Los Angeles area. These opportunities include: food and clothing drives, Marathon Kids, Dribble for the Cure, participation in elementary school activities and reading days, and visits to Mattel Children's Hospital. Bruins also have the opportunity to volunteer for individual speaking engagements and events, participate in sports clinics, the "I'm Going to College" program, and Adopt-a-Classroom (pen pal program). These service opportunities give student-athletes a chance to mentor youth, give back to the community and serve as ambassadors for UCLA Athletics.
NOTE: All student-athletes and coaches must receive prior written approval to participate in any charitable or non-profit activities. Please complete the Community Outreach Form to make a special request.
WORKSHOPS & NETWORKING NIGHTS
CAREER DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES
Athletes to Business (A2B) provides one-on-one career planning, resume development, and assistance with interviewing skills. A2B assists student-athletes, who have exhausted their athletic eligibility, in arranging interviews with several Fortune 500 Companies. They are dedicated to coaching, counseling and placing highly talented student-athletes into the corporate world. For more information, contact Ross Lerner, 818-802-1156 or Ashley Armstrong, 310-206-7121.
Career Athletes provides current and former student-athletes the opportunity to build a professional network with current/alumni student-athletes and business organizations that are interested in hiring student-athletes. They provide numerous on-line career development resources and post-graduate job opportunities to assist student-athletes in their transition from competitive athletics to the work place.
UCLA CAREER CENTER COACHES
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