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March 3, 2011

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March 3, 2011

Hi my name is talia and i am 11 years old i go to bear trax and i have been at bear trax for two years i have learned a lot of life skill and tennis strokes from coach white and cynthia and the volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting tutored in academics and tennis.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

play tennis longer.

March 2, 2011

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March 2, 2011

Hi my name is Karl and I am in the third grade. I like Bear Trax. It is very fun! I like it because we play lots of games. I've gotten better at tennis since coming to Bear Trax. My favorite game is King of The Court. Other people should come to Bear Trax because they can get better at tennis, too. You can also get help on your homework.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my tennis game and grades.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

YTA is an excellent after school program for my child. The staff are very supportive, positive and have given my son a once in a life time opportunity to meet the great Andre Agassi, and Michael Chang when he was awarded for the year end scholarship. My son looks forward to going there to help the little kids and learn tennis. We are forever grateful for this program and Coach White, Cynthia, Loretta and the team. Thank you YTA!

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My son was encouraged to play and compete, and as a result he won the 1st prize scholarship and an opportunity to meet Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, and attended the US Open.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the business to more locations.

February 25, 2011
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February 25, 2011
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YTA is a great program; however, some of the workshops need to be revamped with review of content prior to delivery. Cynthia can be helpful, however, she does not REALLY listen when a parent comes to her with a concern. Furthermore, I have seen the way she talks to some of the participants and she can be overly harsh. Coach is a good coach when he actually takes the time to work with all of the participants on the court to enhance their skills. Some parents have the expectation that he is the private coach for their children and need to be reminded they need to pay for private lessons if they expect that level of attention for their child.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My child is learning to play tennis

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

1. Observe participants at each site and get a feel for where they are academically in order to improve the content of the workshops. 2. Implement a formal process for resolving complaints w/ program staff and/or between families. We've lost some good families because of lack of a formal process. 3. Institute a feedback program to be used at the end of each program year - one for participants, one for parents. 4. Follow up with families that don't participate to find out why they left before graduation.

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

I am a parent of a child that has been involved with the YTA program in McLaren Park, SF. The Program is an after school program to expose and teach children about tennis, sportsmanship, team work and discipline.
The Program is an Unqualified Success!
My Daughter thoroughly enjoyed
herself and gained confidence both on the court and off the court. the coaches/mentors provide an excellent environment for children to learn in and feel empowered as they grow and improve.

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I have seen the improved confidence and outlook that my daughter brings to new challenges and applies to difficult situations.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand to program to more locations - while keeping the coach/mentor ratio to children the same - of course!

February 3, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011

This is a great organization. It is a program that combines academics with a sport (tennis). What a fantastic idea. I found out about YTA this past fall and my daughter has been going ever since. The academic coach, Cynthia and the tennis coach, Coach White, are dedicated and committed to helping children who might otherwise not have these opportunity. My daughter enjoys the combination and likes being tutored by college students, who serve as mentors to her and these other children. It is a win/win for everyone. As a single mother, I also appreciate that my daughter is well taken care and learning. In addition, it leaves my daughter and I time to do reading rather than just concentrating on only homework every night. As a result, her reading has improved.

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My daughter's attitude toward homework has improved, as has her reading ability.

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I think this is a great organization.

February 2, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011

I am so excited that my daughter can participate in such a wonderful program like YTA. I grew up in this neighborhood and there were no safe places for me to play sports and get help with homework. John is the best teacher she has ever had!

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My daughter is now interested in tennis. She never played before because no one could teach her.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would create more sites in more neighborhoods.

August 20, 2008

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August 20, 2008

We watched some tennis pros play and we ate lots of food, it was very fun. (This review was entered by a Great Nonprofits staff member).

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the people that came not knowing tennis and improve there skills durastically. (sic)

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure the children were happy and taken care of.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning certain tennis skills and keeping fit.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and nice

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a lot more kids and there needs (i.e.) shoes, raquets.

Ways to make it better...

I started playing younger and became part of YTA younger.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting to the places (i.e.) transportation

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 20, 2008

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August 20, 2008

I really enjoy being a part of the YTA. They let you volunteer, play tournaments, and play tennis for free.

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the services it provides.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the tournaments and ballkidding.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help make it better.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 20, 2008

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August 20, 2008

I got into tennis because my mom wants my sister and I to become famous like Venus and Serena Williams. (This review was entered by a Great Nonprofits staff member).

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive impact on the community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I've learned how to play tennis.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great tennis teachers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be the same it would just have more equipment for us. It will still have all of the awesome coaches.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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