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What is Positive Direction
7/3/18 - 04:14 PM

Formally, known as St. Clare’s Fastbreak basketball program it has been in existence since 1991 under the leadership of Executive Director, JoAnn Arbitello. Positive Direction welcomes all young people from throughout the five boroughs and Long Island.  The majority of our program attracts children from areas such as St. Albans, Laurelton, Rosedale, Jamaica, Rochdale, and Cambria Heights.  Positive Direction was started because there was the need for a program dedicated to the youth of today to encourage more involvement in positive endeavors rather than the negative associations rapidly growing around them.

The fundamental purpose of Positive Direction is give youths a positive function in their lives and teach them a sense of responsibility and dedication not only to a team but to themselves.  This is taught by example and youths are shown how choosing practical everyday activities will lead a more challenging and permanent lifestyle.  The program is a place for youths to constructively spend their time.  It gives them the opportunity to set goals under the mature guidance of people that care and relinquish them from the misfortunes they sometimes contact on the streets.  Positive Direction's aim is to give each youth an opportunity to gain self-respect and confidence through the choices they make and responsibilities they have.

Positive Direction, unlike other New York City area basketball programs, has the desire to welcome all youths, not just the highly talented.  We strive to take any youth and make them a well-rounded, mature and responsible human being, utilizing basketball as a background not a priority.

At Positive Direction, we stress the need for higher education and encourage the youths in our program to incorporate the discipline of basketball and education to obtain goals. 

We, at Positive Direction believe that how you represent yourself is how others perceive you.  We incorporate the values and morals of the parents of our program by emphasizing their teachings in the gym.  Teaching the youth to respect themselves and one another seems to be a lost moral, which we are trying to redeem.