Stairs invests in individual sportspersons as well as neighbourhoods. Leaders of a local community are part of our initiatives. They not only help in identifying talented youth but also provide a sounding board and feedback to our programmes. We nurture strong and lasting ties with local residents to make sure our programmes are sustainable in the long term.
We at Stairs assess the requirements and assets of the community and mould our programmes to their needs instead of having a one-size- fits-all programme. Local community leaders play an important role in helping Stairs groom and leverage the community’s assets.
At Stairs, it is a two-way street. The Guru imparts skills and also ensures that the students and communities practice them. Students are encouraged to question their experiences and share their feedback with their peers. They are asked to mull over how Stairs has helped them improve and how their stint with Stairs will benefit them and their community.
Stairs focuses on nurturing local capacity. Our programmes are moulded to meet local needs and skills. Whether it is manager, coach or volunteer, each stratum acts as mentor to the one below. For example, there is a chief coach who guides the coaches at the centres.
One of the most important things we do is create and groom community leaders from among the underprivileged locals, especially youth who are loitering around, wasting their lives with no goal. These community leaders interact with volunteers from the corporate world. The local community ends being the winner as both these groups learn from each other and works shoulder to shoulder for the upliftment of the disadvantaged sections of the area.
Stairs uses various methodologies such as questionnaires and discussions to get feedback from the participants in its programmes. It helps us measure the impact of our efforts on the life of the youngsters and communities. We also get to know how we have helped in their psychological and emotional development, and the impact of sports on their lives in general, as well as personal and social relations.