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 8-18.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 350
Geographic areas served: San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley
Programs: We offer a free, year-round program of individual academic tutoring, tennis instruction, and core values discussions. Our sites include Bear Trax on the campus of UC Berkeley, Mosswood and Bushrod Parks in Oakland, Hunters Point and McClaren Park in San Francisco.
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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.
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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.
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