Leadership Development Program
EDE has a long history of helping young people develop their leadership skills through our junior coaching program. EDE cheerleaders who are in 7th grade and above are eligible to apply for summer and break camp coaching positions each year. Applications are available in the spring and coaches are chosen from current EDE cheerleaders who have shown hard work and dedication on their teams. Junior coaches get training on how to work with both small groups and large groups of cheerleaders as they teach and mentor the summer camp participants.
Junior coaches who are in 11th grade and above are chosen to help with the year-round programs. Coaches are chosen only from current EDE cheerleaders with at least one year of experience in the program (although multiple years are recommended). All junior coaches, both year-round and summer coaches, can earn community service hours towards their high school graduation requirements and beyond.
Those who have been selected to Junior Coach for summer 2019 are:
First year coaches: Naomi K., Ally H., Elena R., Hailey K.
Second year coaches: Hana S., Indy S., Helene M., Sophie P., Jadyn A., Marissa K., Chelsea R., Noelani C.,
Third year and longer: Shaleigh S., Tally C., Andie R., Jessica K.
“Eastside Dream Elite has given me the opportunity to become a better leader through being an assistant coach. I have been in this program for almost eight years now and I have learned so much about cheer and coaching. The first day I came I never thought I would end up coaching, but this program has helped me figure out how much I love to be a coach and a role model for the other cheerleaders.”
--Former Coach Megan B., age 17
"I want to tell you that my daughter had a ton of fun today, as she always does with EDE. She loves being with her EDE ‘sisters’ … and given that she’s an only child, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that she is meeting some awesome Big Sisters – I am continually impressed by the level of maturity, kindness, and inclusiveness that the EDE girls show!!”
--Kerry H., Dream Team parent
“EDE is a great program that I would recommend to any girl who loves to dance or cheer. It has taught me everything I know about stunting and dancing. The teacher, Anne, is amazing and has great skills of dancing and she has a true passion for teaching this class. I am so lucky to be a part of this program and I think every dancer should try it.
--Sophia P., age 13
“We really appreciate all the effort that patience you share in teaching and coaching our daughter. She is so happy to make the Silver Team [at Skyline High School]. THANKS again for being there for her and encouraging along the way in preparing her for the Skyline Team.”
--Nancy L., Power Squad parent
“I have worked with Coach Anne for about four years and she is the greatest! The commitment and dedication to the girls is absolutely amazing. She interacts with them in a very respectful and nurturing level.”
--M. Houston, City of Bellevue
“This program has been truly amazing, even though I’ve only been part of it for less than a year. I joined EDE thinking it would be a good way to prepare for high school tryouts but now it means so much more to me. I’ve made so many friends and improved myself in so many ways. I’ve developed my leadership and patience as well as my cheer skills! EDE has been so meaningful to me and I am looking forward to continuing with this amazing program!”
--Ellie B., age 13
“For the short time my daughter has been in EDE, I have seen how dedicated you are to the children having fun, providing an atmosphere of teamwork and acceptance, finding a place for anyone in the community who has a desire to join despite disabilities, and reaching out to those less fortunate in times of need.
My daughter, (and I assume, other children) need to be with a group like this where she is a part of "community" and not cocooned in a "world" of electronics and celebrity awe."
--Judy M., Dream Team Parent