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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Racquet Sports, Sports, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission:

YTA’s mission is to serve youth in inner city communities through a comprehensive program of tennis and academic tutoring that promotes the physical, educational, and life skills necessary to prepare and empower them for leadership in their communities and success in their personal lives.

Results: Our recent success stories include: • Over 300 unique children ages 7-18 have taken part in at least 36 hours of free after school programs at YTA’s four year round sites in the past 12 months. • Over 24 College Pathway workshops and a college field trip to UC Berkeley have attracted over 200 different children and parents from the local community and a Career Workshop scheduled later this month is creating lots of excitement from our families. • The YTA Ball Kid Team was booked for some very exciting and memorable events including the Bank of the West Classic where top level players participated and the Esurance Tennis Classic where tennis great Billie Jean King was honored at same dinner that recognized YTA as a charity. • $50,000 raised to resurface tennis courts at JMP • Jason Bacha, MD, MS PGY-2, Pediatric Resident from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and Dr. Anisha Patel of UCSF Pediatrics have partnered with YTA on a health project titled “Smart Drinks for Parks”. This project has already benefited our youth and families by drawing attention to the fact that JMP had no working drinking fountains near the tennis courts and recently two new water fountains were installed near the top bank of courts.

Target demographics: low income children in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay area between the ages of 7-18.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350

Geographic areas served: San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Marin County

Programs: During the week after school, our students are bussed from EPA to the Taube Family Tennis Center on the Stanford campus where they rotate through a program of individual academic tutoring, tennis instruction, dinner and core values discussions. Student selection for the EPATT program is based on intellectual curiosity, required parent involvement and potential for impact.

The daily EPATT program includes dinner with "down time" where students are free to discuss life issues and socialize. Before returning home in the evening, students frequently work on additional homework, special reports or tutorials in areas of special interest or need.

Parents are an integral part of a student's support system and are encouraged to give input on their child's life away from the program. Parents bring dinner, attend tournaments and organize special events such as barbecues and potluck dinners. These activities build a positive supportive community among the participants and their families. Most importantly, parents ensure that students come prepared for tutoring, maintain a positive attitude and remain motivated to achieve their goal of attending college. Our other sites include Bear Trax on the campus of UC Berkeley, Mosewood Playground in Oakland, Hunters Point and McClearen Park in San Francisco.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Talia B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 3

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

29

Client Served

Rating: 5

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).

25

Client Served

Rating: 4

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

28

Client Served

Rating: 5

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).