Youth Tennis Advantage

Rating: 4.71 stars   42 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Sports

Location: 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  

24 people found this review helpful

These youth tennis organizations do an awesome job giving children the opportunity to learn the game of tennis. (This review was entered by a GreatNonprofits staff member)

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

experience, getting kids to play tennis.

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

nice, enthusiastic and generous staff giving their time to help these kids.

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

organized, professional, enthusiastic.

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

help make tennis a more popular sport for kids to play among all the other sports kids generally play.

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2008-7-01

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22 people found this review helpful

It’s been great working with YTA. I was a kid once sitting in the stands and it’s a great experience to be able to give back to YTA, given that they gave me a great experience when I was younger. *This review was collected on a site visit and entered by GreatNonprofits staff on behalf of the reviewer.

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

they are one of our flagships, serving over 1000 kids every summer teaching tennis

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

seeing the kids having a great time playing tennis and also enforcing the educational component o the tennis program

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

Over the past 15 years I have had the pleasure of acting as a consultant to non-profit organizations that promote health and happiness through the great lifetime sport of tennis. Tennis changed my life from a young age and throughout my career, first as a community tennis staff member with USTA Florida, then USTA NorCal and now as Executive Director with Youth Tennis Advantage, I have seen tennis ignite the sparks of passion and committment that have positively impacted thousands of people--all ages, all cultures, all skill levels and all ethnicities. Personally, I feel if YTA can inspire more children and families to enjoy the outdoors, excercise, socialize and be eager to learn and grow...our communities and our world will benefit.

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

many underserved communities throughout the Bay Area

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

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

the dedicated staff and board and the caring and generous donors are best!

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

Kind and caring with years of experience

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

provide quality after school programs to thousands more children and build a central scholar athlete facility with all the bells and whistles!

Ways to make it better...

YTA had the funds to hire some of our long time staff to full time status and provide benefits, we could impact more youth and families.

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As a teaching professional of tennis for over
25 years www.nyjtl.org, in New York with sites
from Chelsea to the Harlem Armory, mens and womens tennis North Carolina A&T;University www.northcarolina a&t;.org.,the San Francisco Tennis Club www.sftc.org. and the newley formed
Youth Tennis Advantage (1999) www.youthtennis.org. As the sitedirector for Hunters Point the past nine years has indeed been an rewarding experience. Now as site director at Bear Trax @ U.C. Berkeley have seen over fifteen (15) juniors going off to college all over the U.S. some playing on tennis teams has
continued to be our goal for our players. Working with our life-skills daily, our juniors learn to go out and be productive citizens of this society, www.firstserve.org. We will continue these dreams of Arthur Ashe to provide the oppertunity of inner city juniors to play this
game of tennis. To watch our everyday programming at Hunters Point go to http://hunters-point-tennis.com.,www.youthtennis.org.,www.firstserve.ogrg., www.beartraxblog.blogspot.com, www.grips.or

Coach White

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

The number of juniors that if not for tennis could not have gone on to college.

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

Seek out those that could help support the dream of Youth Tennis Advantage having its own office space and tennis courts.

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