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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Racquet Sports, Sports, Youth Development - Citizenship


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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Am so lucky to be donor & occasional volunteer for this incredible organization. Have been present at events for these great kids and although most dont have much in way of material things was just stunned by their unparalled enthusiam, hard work & joy.....truly inspired by their marvellous & very special coaches.
And accolades to Loretta Conway who has taken YTA 'up a notch'
Thank you YTA for letting me play a tiny role in your organizaation as you give way more back to me than I could ever give to you

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

I'm eternally impressed by the young people I have met who tell their own story firsthand about the way that YTA has made a huge difference in their lives. It demonstrates the power of sport, mentoring and manners and the impact they can have when they become part of the lives of children who otherwise might have very little guidance to help them become more successful in their lives.
I think YTA is a wonderful organization that has a positive impact on the lives of many young people in the most direct and effective way.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 4

The YTA does so much with the little resources they have. They in several different Bay Area communities offering tennis and tutoring to children who would not have the opportunity otherwise. Loretta Conway is a smart and dedicated ED who knows her stuff. She is a leader with the national tennis community.

I have attended several YTA fundraisers. They are always run well and bring out some major heavy hitters (excuse the pun.)

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

I am a donor to YTA and believe they are doing amazing, inspring work with children in cirtical need. The staff is extremely dedicated and the administrative team top notch. I am a big believer!

Review from Guidestar