WOW believes in the dignity and worth
of every individual. WOW builds and maintains the Winners’
sense of self-worth by creating opportunities for
accomplishment and encouraging youth to believe in
themselves. Self-esteem is not achieved directly through a
program, but is a moment-by-moment process realized through
continuous recognition, encouragement and nurturing for any
and all efforts and achievements.
WOW continually challenges youth to
triumph over fears and limits by setting and working on
goals to "be all they can be." Winners are taught
to think and to say, "I can do it" and "I can
and do want to be all that I can be!" WOW encourages
to reach new levels of learning and appropriately recognizes
them for their accomplishments and attainment of new skills
and knowledge through the Wheel Award system.
The center of all WOW’s programs
and activities is "fun." Having fun while learning
and sharing is what WOW Circles are all about. Teams that
work together and achieve have fun. Everything that occurs
at a Circle meeting should use fun as the method to achieve
whatever goal is in sight. When people see someone else
having fun, they want to be part of that experience. WOW
belives learning can be great fun. We encourage this
through our activies.
WOW is a learning organization. Not
to be confused with school, WOW offers educational
experiences through group and independent opportunities to
earn Wheel Awards by completing 6 steps (Spokes) per Wheel.
Every Wheel, whether it be a Basketball Wheel or a Science
Wheel, provides an opportunity for the Winner to enhance
his/her knowledge through hands-on activities or field trips
that encourage awareness of self and others
Offer Opportunity for Teamwork
WOW promotes concern for fellow human
beings and fairness and respect for the rights and property
of others. Creating an environment of togetherness motivates
members to strive for excellence and replaces "I"
with "We". All of us together are
stronger and wiser than any of us individually. WOW will
foster within each Circle the attitude of a championship
team: a spirit of enthusiasm, dedication and teamwork in
pursuit of a common goal.
WOW empowers youth to think
independently and act resourcefully. WOW prepares youth in
wheelchairs to lead more productive lives and to function
more independently by building on present skills and
interests. Individual exploration of talents, skills,
interests, strengths and weaknesses will assist members in
evaluating their opportunities in life.
If children are to take wing and fly,
then their parents must feel comfortable
letting them go. WOW answers both needs, showing youth in
wheelchairs that the sky is the limit, while giving them the
skills to demonstrate to their parents that they are capable
of the journey. WOW fosters independence and self-reliance
in its children