Leadership Careers

Team PRIDE will contract with Taekwondo instructors to offer a special martial arts career development program to at-risk adolescents. Low-income children between the ages of 15 and 17, generally those beginning their junior year of high school, will be eligible for this vocational training program, which is designed to prepare them to pursue careers as martial arts instructors upon their graduation from high school.

During the course of the two-year PRIDE Leadership Careers program, participants will complete over 200 hours of Taekwondo training; over 50 hours of classroom instruction in teaching skills, communications skills and specialty areas; over 200 hours of staff training and 200 hours of apprenticeship teaching. By the end of the first year, participants will be qualified to assist a certified instructor in running a Karate for Kids program. By the end of the second year, they will be certified to run such a program themselves.

Successful graduates of the PRIDE Leadership Careers program will have the opportunity either to pursue careers running their own for-profit martial arts schools or to open a Team PRIDE Training Center providing instruction to elementary school-aged children in underserved neighborhoods.