Classroom Champions brings Olympic and Paralympic athlete mentors to classrooms via video chats and social media. Students will be able to interact with athletes during live events to learn lessons on goal setting, perseverance, teamwork, and courage, among other skills. The discussions also will provide topics for math, health, and humanities classes. Athlete mentors send their assigned group of classes a video lesson on the topic for each month, which teachers integrate into existing, locally adopted curricula. Teachers and students then communicate to their athlete and to the wider Classroom Champions community what they have learned through photographs, video messages, and a monthly summary posted by the teacher on the organization’s internal online network. Twice per year, each class and their mentor participate in a live video chat to strengthen their relationship. The shared mentoring experience helps create a supportive classroom climate and closer relationships between students and between teachers and their students. Teachers are encouraged to browse the library of video lessons on YouTube. The organization has started accepting teachers for the 2017–2018 program.
Roni Habib begins his TEDx Talk with a story about receiving a watch with a compass from friends during college. He explains that while it was intended to combat his lack of directional skill, he soon realized that he needed a compass that would help lead him to a happier and more fulfilled life.