Retired Marine Gives Even More Back at FSL
He’s a retired Marine. He’s a husband. He’s a father of four. He wants to change students’ lives. He’s a FSL Coach.
As an avid 95.3MNC listener, Coach Brett listened to Coach Seth on FSL’s Radio Show (airing Saturdays at 11AM and Sundays at 8AM) five or six times before making the decision to volunteer. He wanted to be a part of the culture shift taking place in schools across the country, so he reached out to FSL and began his short, but substantial journey thus far.
“You want to be able to teach the values you want to instill in kids and that’s what drew me to you guys. You want to work with young minds. To me, working with junior high level is when the mind shifts. You have two choices – you’re going to go one of two ways, which way do you want to go?”, Coach Brett said.
He wants students to return to old school values: holding doors, being respectful towards women, giving your seat up to someone older than you… values that many students don’t have. Even in the short time he has volunteered with FSL, he has seen a shift in many of the students. “I’ve seen the kids in this program that you’ve built and I see what it has done. Their ambition to win awards, their ambition to bettering themselves, it’s humbling.”
He loves that, for two hours, there is no social media. With this rule, students are attentive. They listen thoughtfully to the FSL Video Curriculum, participate in group discussions, and concentrate during journal time. They take the Grade Challenge seriously. “It’s live, week after week.” Through weekly monitoring of students’ grades, over 70% of FSL students are raising their GPA or maintaining a 3.0 or higher.
He feels that when you see students in a team building activity or game, who you know do not come from the best upbringing, and you see them play games with integrity, you know FSL is working. FSL volunteers are here to impact students by causing a shift in perspective and Coach Brett is doing just that.
“There are 24 hours in a day. If you feel there is something that you can give, you have to look in the mirror and see if you will accept that challenge. When you accept that challenge, there’s no hesitation. When you volunteer your time, it’s a calling.”
Coach Brett, thank you for your service to our country and thank you for serving FSL students faithfully!
To become a Five Star Life Coach, or to learn other ways to volunteer your time, please fill out a Volunteer Application on our website. In addition, if you have a Five Star Life story to share, go to the Share Your Story page. Your story could be featured in an upcoming blog post!