Nana Adu-Poku is a TDSB Educator, a Community Leader in Youth Sport, and the founder of Blueprint Calendars, which specializes in improving organizational & time management skills. During his undergrad years, he was a forward for the York University Lions Men’s basketball team. In this time, he gained a Specialized Honors BSc in Kinesiology & Health Science, as well as a Bachelor of Education. He is now an Ontario Certified Teacher with a rich history in youth sport programming, having formerly served roles such as Program Director and Camp Director with the Jays Care Foundation.
In addition to his role as a TDSB educator, he is currently a coach and social media assistant for Lay-Up Youth Basketball. Lay-Up is a cost-free program centred on the culture of basketball, designed to develop the skills kids need on and off the court. His passion for basketball stems from his family and the dedication to self-development the sport instills. Nana completed his MEd with a Graduate Diploma in Urban Education at York. He has also been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, such as the YU Graduate Fellowship and the TCHC Investing in our Diversity Scholarship.
His goal as an educator is to teach youth that their potential to achieve their unique versions of success is unlimited, no matter where they come from. He is currently completing his PhD in Education at York. His research focus will examine how to develop curriculum and teaching styles that support the success of multi-barrier youth. His ability to speak on this topic will leave academic, classroom, and strategic committees enchanted by his passion and knowledge.