Youth Tennis Advantage

Rating: 4.71 stars   42 reviews

Address:

P.O. Box 330458 YTAScholars San Francisco CA 94133 USA

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

getting tutored in academics and tennis.

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

play tennis longer.

 
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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

my tennis game and grades.

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

not change a thing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

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.

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

expand the business to more locations.

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

My child is learning to play tennis

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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!

 
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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

I think this is a great organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

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

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

I would create more sites in more neighborhoods.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

29 people found this review helpful

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).

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

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

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

Make sure the children were happy and taken care of.

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

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

25 people found this review helpful

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

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

the services it provides.

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?

2008-7-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

28 people found this review helpful

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).

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

the positive impact on the community.

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?

2008-7-01

 
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