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Causes: Racquet Sports, Sports

Mission: To improve life opportunities for inner-city youth through tennis, academics, wellness, and social development programs.

Programs: Tennis: stec youth tennis programs range from school-based programs that focus on getting youth active through tennis and introductory tennis for new players, to competitive training for the serious young athlete. Over 5,000 children and youth participate in the tennis instruction and competitive programs at stec. These programs support youth in advancing at their own pace and reaching their potential and are known throughout the country for developing high-performing tennis players, increasing diversity amongst competitive junior players, and broadening interest in tennis throughout the greater boston community. Adult tennis programs include 4 men's and 4 women's competitive traveling teams, mixed doubles league play, internal leagues, clinics, lessons and contract court rentals.

academic: stec offers comprehensive, year-around academic programming for students in grades k-12 and young adults up to age 24 who have dropped out of school. These include a saturday kindergarten program focusing on literacy, and a comprehensive after-school academic program operating monday-friday from 3-6 pm with a focus on literacy and math. We partner with two local elementary schools to provide intensive support to cohort of 32 students who attend our academic after school program 5 days per week and also participate in tennis programs for 2 hours per week. Stec provides scholarships and transportation to the program. Since 2011, we have participated in a summer learning project with 35 students from the nearby lee elementary school, part of a citywide school/community partner initiative designed to eliminate the academic slippage that occurs for many urban students in the summer. For older learners, we also offer sat prep in partnership with princeton review and a ged program for 18-24 year old high school dropouts.

enrichment: stec offers two gender-specific leadership development programs: hey (high energy young) sister: a free program, which allows girls ages 11-17 to explore important issues such as health and wellness, financial literacy, social activism, healthy relationships and college and career exploration, and deuce (don't ever underestimate consistent effort) boys: a free program based on the same program model as hey sister for boys ages 8-12. We offer a 9 week summer camp program which combines tennis instruction with swimming, soccer, golf, arts and crafts, reading and field trips. We host similar camps during the public and private school vacation weeks. Finally, we are a host site for city growers, a new partnership with city fresh foods that established an urban farm on one quarter acre of open space on our four acre complex. This gives our students a real-life environmental classroom, a first-hand view of the process of cultivating land and on-going dialogue around the impact of food choices on our lives and our economy.

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