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.
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.
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
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 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.
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
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
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 really enjoy being a part of the YTA. They let you volunteer, play tournaments, and play tennis for free.
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 think that it is a positive experience for me and Sharnay [her daughter] because she’s an only child, so when me and her come to these events together, first of all it helps me and her bond because we’re doing things together as a mother and a daughter. Before she was a part of YTA she would do weekend activities with her friends and other relatives, and now she does activities with me. And also it helps her with socialzation and being with other kids. It also definitely helps in terms of being outside, being active, we like that she’s learning a sport and getting skills. It’s definitely built her confidence. *This review was collected on a site visit and entered by GreatNonprofits staff on behalf of the reviewer