“Choose to be a Champion”

An Evening of Inspiration for Foster Children and their Families

On the evening of Thursday, August 1, 2019, the Muhammad Ali Center will be partnering with Roo’s Wish to host a motivational event for 200 middle-school aged children living in foster care, along with their foster parents. Research shows that only about 50 percent of youth raised in foster care end up finishing high school. Indeed, high school dropout rates are 3 times higher for foster youth than other low-income children. Only 3 percent of foster children graduate from a 4-year college.   We can do better!

Consequently, at the end of this summer, just before students head back to school, Roo’s Wish and the MAC will collaborate on “Choose to be a Champion,” a motivational evening dedicated to empowering our community’s most vulnerable children towards educational greatness!  This high-impact program will consist of speakers, music, and discussions that focus on the importance of education, healthy relationships, making good decisions, and building confidence.

Local resource providers and organizations will also be on site to deliver information and support to the families in attendance.  Additionally, Roo’s Wish and the MAC will provide dinner for all participants.  Finally, often foster children lack the proper tools that are essential to success in school.  Teachers have shared that frequently foster children are sent to school with little more than a pencil. Thus, it is our goal to donate basic school supplies package to all 200 children at our event!

Please register:  https://19291.blackbaudhosting.com/19291/Roos-Wish-Choose-to-be-a-Champion

For More Information, please contact the Education Department at education@alicenter.org

W.E.B. DuBois Academy

WE DuBois School EducatorsIn 2018-2019, a generous grant from CE&S helped foster a partnership with W.E.B. DuBois Academy and the Muhammad Ali Center.  The Ali Center’s Education Team will spend one week each month at the DuBois school to implement the “Creating Our Futures” Character Education Program with the entire 6th grade body.   In addition, the students will complete service projects, and will have the opportunity to participate in We Day Kentucky.  The program will culminate with a fieldtrip to the Muhammad Ali Center.






WE Day

John Leshney (Ali Center) and Rasheda Ali at WE Day Ottawa in Nov. 2017

WE Day is the manifestation of the WE movement, an ocean of people coming together to create impact. Standing in a stadium full of change-makers will reaffirm your belief that a better world is possible.

WE Day brings world-renowned speakers and A-list performers together with tens of thousands of young people to celebrate their contributions and kick-start another year of inspiration.

Beginning as a single event nearly ten years ago, WE Day has evolved into a series of 19 stadium-sized events held across the United States, Canada, the UK and the Caribbean. This past year, 200,000 students attended WE Day and left inspired to create change both locally and globally. WE Movement founder, Craig Kielburger was a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Six Core Principle Award recipient in 2013.


A Unique Afterschool “Discover Your Superpower” Program for At-Risk Students

Louisville’s future SUPERHEROES!

global game changersThe Global Game Changers and the Muhammad Ali Center, whose closely aligned missions to empower youth with the tools for a successful life, are collaborating to pilot a high quality out-of-school time expanded learning opportunity that will have a lifelong impact on our community’s most underserved population. Believing that out-of-school time presents a unique opportunity to change a child’s life, our goal is to specifically address inequities caused, in part, by the 6000-hour “enrichment gap” experienced by lower income and minority families by the time they reach 6th grade. This gap, which compounds the “achievement gap,” puts these young people even further behind their well-advantaged peers through inequalities created by lack of access to quality afterschool programs, summer camps, preschool education, extracurriculars, enrichment, and parent interaction.

Fifty students in grades K-5th grade from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Whitney Young Elementary in Louisville’s West End will spend every afternoon at the Muhammad Ali Center for 16 weeks immersed in the Global Game Changers interactive educational program that will allow them to discover their inner superpower to make the world a better place, using the equation: MY TALENT + MY HEART = MY SUPERPOWER.

Click here to read the press release and here to watch a video about the program!


In Collaboration with Greater Clark County Schools

In 2013-2014, the Armstrong Gift for High Ability Education, an eBay Grant, and Your Community Bank donation were used to bring together a joint venture between Greater Clark County Schools and the Muhammad Ali Center  to create a “Leadership Academy” for 5th- and 6th-grade highly able  students, utilizing the Center’s Character Education program, “Creating Our Futures.” The outcomes of this initial partnership were so successful that in 2014-2015, GCCS expanded our partnership to three grade levels including 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. As such, in October 2014, the Education Team was thrilled to head back into the GCCS middles schools. Over four, very full days, our three Education staff conducted 20 middle school classes reaching over 500 students. In addition, our staff trained a coalition of retired teachers who implemented the “Respect” curriculum in elementary classes throughout the school year. For 2015-2016, MAC programming will take place with 6th-grade advanced ELA classes in November and again in the spring.

For more information visit the GCCS website, and click the image below to watch the video!



kindergarten countdownKindergarten Countdown is a partnership between Metro United Way, Louisville Metro, LFPL, JCPS, and PNC Bank with support from cultural and educational institutions throughout the county. The goal of Kindergarten Countdown is to support children’s transitions into kindergarten.



The Muhammad Ali Center, in collaboration with Louisville TKO Boxing Gym will pilot a 4 week, cohort based initiative known as “Champions Aren’t Made In Gyms”. This program will work with young, at-risk, teenage athletes to not only hone their gifts in the ring, but to provide them the tools to for a successful future in their communities. It is the hope of the program to make these young scholar-athletes ambassadors of The Champs’ message of justice, humanitarianism and global citizenship.

For more information or to volunteer with this program, please contact Darryl Young, dyoung@alicenter.org.

Generation WOW

On October 15, 2018 the Muhammad Ali Center partnered with Donna Orender (2017 Daughter of Greatness) and Generation W to introduce Generation WOW, a girls mentoring program, to Louisville. Through this powerful partnership, the Muhammad Ali Center empowered 400 JCPS teenagers and 200 professional women through a comprehensive leadership and mentorship program.

What is Generation WOW?

Generation WOW exposes girls to the positive and the possible and is about creating opportunities that help build the future leaders of the world by connecting them to the leaders of today. Focused on lessons and activities from the book, WOWsdom! The Girls Guide to the Positive and the Possible, girls learn ways to build self-confidence, cultivate independence, healthy living, leadership, service and mentorship, the goal of Generation WOW is to provide a trusted and inspiring experience that will forge relationships, inspire dreams, and deliver results that enhance lives. A relationship with Generation WOW is a visible and demonstrable statement in the belief that unlocking the potential of our youth, particularly young women, is to our collective betterment.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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If you are interested in learning more about Generation WOW sponsorship opportunities, please email Erin Herbert at eherbert@alicenter.org

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