Portland After-School Tennis & Education

Portland After-School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) is a nonprofit whose mission is to create partnerships with families, schools, and volunteers to help at-risk K-12 students achieve academic and athletic success. We accomplish this through one-on-one academic tutoring, tennis lessons, a nutrition/fitness curriculum, parent education, and a "Best in Class" development program serving junior players who excel at tennis. Through our extended-learning, summer, and enrichment programs, we impacted the lives of more than 1,000 children and their families in 2012 and have served more than 7,000 over time.
Feb 6, 2014

PAST&E Winter News

Counting our Pennies for Peace
Counting our Pennies for Peace

Dear Friend,

With your support PAST&E is continuing in our mission to improve the lives of at-risk youth in Portland, Oregon, USA. Here are a few updates from our program:

Pennies for Peace

Our scholar athletes are participating in Pennies for Peace, a service-learning program designed to broaden our scholar athletes' cultural horizons while teaching them about their capacities as philanthropists - one penny at a time! How can a penny bring peace? In the villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan, a penny can buy a pencil, start and education, and transform a life.

Music Club Members Perform at Artichoke Music

Jnauary 30th, members of the PAST&E Music club performed "If I Had a Hammer" at Artichoke Music at a tribute honoring the life of Pete Seeger. Artichoke Music is a non-profit organization supporting community music in Portland. The PAST&E performers played to a full-house. Over 20 performers offered their tributes through song, poetry or stories about the great champion of social justice. Our scholar athletes were among those offering tributes to a great life.

Scholar Athletes Gear Up for Spring JTT

This Spring, 41 PAST&E scholar athletes, representing five teams, will participate in Junior Team Tennis. JTT is a United States Tennis Assocation league that allows players of all levels to experience match play in a fun and rewarding team enviornment. During the JTT season our teams will travel to local clubs and tennis facilites meeting and competing with players across Greater Portland. Our teams are working hard on the court to prepare for match play starting March 7th!

PAST&E Makes the News

January 7th, local KGW news reporter, Art Edwards, spent the afternoon wiht PAST&E scholar athletes discovering the strong combination of tennis and academics that takes place at PAST&E every day.  Check it out! Portland Tennis Program Helps At-Risk Kids

Thank you for your continued support!

Kassandra, Ema and Coach Bob at Artichoke Music
Kassandra, Ema and Coach Bob at Artichoke Music
Our teams are set for Spring JTT
Our teams are set for Spring JTT
Nov 8, 2013

Thank you for your support!

PAST&E Scholar Athlete Fitness Fun!
PAST&E Scholar Athlete Fitness Fun!

Respect. Practice. Patience. Teamwork. This is possible every day for our Portland After-School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) scholar athletes because you have joined our PAST&E team of Coach/Tutors, Volunteers and Community supporters.

It is this teamwork that impacts the lives of our PAST&E scholar athletes in the classroom and on the court.

Thank you for your support of our project to Create Scholar Athletes through Tennis & Education. Your gift is already helping at-risk youth from low income families find solid ground and increased confidence in reading, math, life skills, physical fitness and tennis.

Your committment to PAST&E means more scholar athletes like Kassandra, who earned her PAST&E scholarship 4 years ago as a 1st grader, will share in a positive and well structured environment, that prepares youth for the mental, social and physical challenges of middle and high school. By fostering positive relationships between PAST&E coach/tutors, parents, teachers, and volunteers every child knows he or she has a team to support them, cheer them on, pick them up if they falter and challenge them to take the next step.

Thank you so much for recognizing the need and responding. To say "Thank You" our scholar athletes wanted to send you the special message below!

Warmly,

Danice Brown

Executive Director

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Sep 9, 2013

PAST&E 2013 Serving Up Success Summer Program

Dresses from the Philippines
Dresses from the Philippines

Globetrotting Tour Fulfills the PAST&E Goal to Curb Summer Learning Loss for At-Risk Youth

This summer PAST&E spent 8 weeks learning about 8 areas of the world, Yellowstone National Park, Guatemala, Argentina, New Zealand, Ireland, Togo, Nepal and the Philippines. Scholar athletes attended the program 5 days a week, 7 hours a day. One hour each day was devoted to tennis leaving the rest of our day dedicated to a variety of subject areas including life skills, community building, art, biology, news, cultural dances, games, foods & clothing, geography, environment issues and social justice. Our Coach/Tutors leading the activities tailored each for the Chimps in 1-3rd grade, the Elephants in 4-5th grade and the Cheetahs in 6-8th grade. Our last week was spent preparing for our Festival of Nations presentations that teamed up our older scholar athletes as mentors for the younger students. And we also had 30 scholar athletes graduate from the Game, Set and Match levels of First Serve Life Skills Curriculum sponsored by the USTA’s National Junior Tennis & Learning. 

Scholar athletes age 8 and up competed with other juniors from across the city in a low-cost sanctioned USTA 10 and Under and Junior Tennis Tournaments hosted at St. Johns Racquet Center, the home of PAST&E. By keeping the cost at 1/3 the average rate of junior tournament fees, our 8 week summer tournament series gave 233 children an opportunity to play in a tournament. And PAST&E’s mission to keep the sport of tennis accessible to our scholar athletes and other low-income families was fulfilled.

In total we served 170 scholar athletes this summer through our Serving Up Success Summer Program. Through our partnership with James John Elementary SUN Community School we served 120 scholar athletes in our Kids Tennis & Reading Clubs. But, at the heart of our program, our 50 year round scholar athletes attended PAST&E for more than 280 program hours. Additionally, outside of program hours our families stayed involved throughout the summer by participating in tournaments and field trips, family meetings  and maintaining our PAST&E family garden.  And more than 50 dedicated volunteers gave over 1800 hours of volunteer service with PAST&E!

With school already under way we are starting our year round program this week!

A Worry Doll from Guatemala
A Worry Doll from Guatemala
Shaking Hands in Ireland
Shaking Hands in Ireland
The Finish Line in Togo
The Finish Line in Togo
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