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!
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:
Spot On: Cheetahs in Print
A Beautiful Day for a Parade Our scholar athletes and their families participated in the St. Johns Parade, our neighborhood parade with the theme, "Vintage Family Fun"! We had a great time and even won an award for our Peace Theme! Check out the video featuring our scholar athletes dancing their way through the parade route!
PAST&E Summer Program "Globetrotting Around the World– Searching for Peacemakers" Since 2009, Portland After-School Tennis & Education at St. Johns Racquet Center (PAST&E) has delivered its nine-week tuition-free "Serving Up Success" Summer Program to more than 1000 at-risk children in North Portland's St. Johns neighborhood. Your support continues to help eliminate unsupervised time while parents work, when kids are vulnerable to the dangers of crime and gang activity in their neighborhoods. It also helps to prevent summer learning loss, which dramatically impacts low-income families.
Our nine-week summer program, "Globetrotting Around the World– Searching for Peacemakers" is filled with full days of writing, math, history, geography, art, science, fitness, tennis, and more. Our rigorous program keeps at-risk kids academically engaged and physically fit. The program also provides access to free, nutritious meals, field trips, support for families and "accessible and affordable" sanctioned USTA Rookie Junior Tennis Tournaments at St. Johns Racquet Center (SJRC).
Thank you for your continued support!
They Aren't Called Scholar Athletes for Nothing!
If you know PAST&E, you know that we are about much more than tennis. That couldn't be more evident for PAST&E scholar athletes and George Middle School students Makai, Jasmine, Rosaria and Destiny (pictured), who recently received certificates recognizing their excellent attendance records and academic achievement.
PAST&E Parents Hold Court
In spirited and inspiring fashion, a growing group of PAST&E parents have been learning the game of tennis. Every week, you can find the self-described "Damas" (Ladies) and "Caballeros" (Gentlemen) on the court at SJRC, modeling for their children the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle and helping to build a stronger community here at PAST&E. Says Humberto Gomez, a "Caballero" and volunteer Parent Coach for the PAST&E Junior Teams, “the more we play and understand the game, the better we can support our kids.”
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
Heartfelt gratitude to the hundreds of donors, volunteers, and friends who made 2012 PAST&E's best year yet. We served 60 scholar athletes and their families, impacted the lives of hundreds more, secured a permanent site for the program, and have made tennis more accessible to the entire community. Your continued support promises a bright future for PAST&E!
Portland After School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) is pleased to announce the launch of the Felton Factor, a “Best in Class” development program serving at-risk junior players who excel at tennis.
The Felton Factor—named in honor of longtime PAST&E board member Matt Felton—focuses on strengthening participants’ fundamental tennis skills, preparing them for competitive play, and encouraging sportsmanship. The program also strives to improve competitiveness against private-club players who generally have greater resources and training opportunities.
“Our 'scholar athletes' participating in the Felton Factor have demonstrated excellence both on and off the court,” says PAST&E Executive Director Danice Brown. “Through the Felton Factor they will continue to set a standard for other PAST&E scholar athletes to follow.”
To build their leadership skills, Felton Factor participants also serve as assistant coaches to PAST&E’s core staff, helping implement the organization’s tennis and fitness programming.
With children returning to the classroom in September, we were pleased to welcome 14 new Scholar Athletes to PAST&E. They are enjoying the benefit of PAST&E's enriching academic and athletic curriculum, which includes tennis and fitness instruction, educational tutoring and life-skills training. They will also compete on and off the court in the National Student Athlete Contest through the USTA, which tracks student grades and USTA league and tournament results.
At PAST&E we greatly value learning about our heritage and that of others. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month we have been learning about hispanic culture in addition to learning what heritage is and how each person and family is unique! Our first Family Meeting was an opportunity to celebrate hispanic culture together with an amazing Mariachi band and a salsa party! Family Meetings are an important way in which PAST&E reinforces a sense of community amongst our scholar athletes, their families, our staff and volunteers.
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