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 2014 and have served more than 7,000 over time.
Jan 14, 2016

PAST&E Winter Update

Pajama Day in the Preescolar Meerkat Room!
Pajama Day in the Preescolar Meerkat Room!

Dear Friend,

 

Greetings from all of us at PAST&E, where your generous support is changing the lives of at-risk and low-income youth in Portland, Oregon, USA. We would like to share some upates from our program:

 

 

This December we brought to a close the first session of our new Preescolar Bilingüe program, which now extends our program all the way from Preschool through Twelfth Grade. Students in the Preescolar "Meerkat" room learn to express themselves and discover the world around them in both Spanish and English. These children are learning with two bilingual instructors and with a ratio of students to teachers no greater than 6:1. Early Childhood education is essential for low-income youth to start learning on the right foot. The students also get their first taste of fitness and tennis as Coach Izzy and Coach Gavi lead them daily through tennis basics on the court, building habits of good health that will serve them throughout life. The program continues on in the new year, promising to be a powerful support for students that expands their capacity for spoken expression and gives them a head start in the attainment of invaluable literacy skills.

 

 

In another first this year, PAST&E's new FIRST LEGO League robotics team participated in December's Trash Trek Lego Tournament! Angel, Alex, Ashley, Bryan, Damion, Leilani, and Marissa presented their tennis ball recycling project and their robot design, and competed in three rounds of robot competition against other teams. The tournament program is strictly student-led and  we are proud to report that the team members successfully negotiated their way through the event under their own able direction. Both team members and coaches are looking forward to another year, where they will review, dissect, and attempt to best their performance from the 2015 tournament, learn the ins and outs of robot design and programming, and prepare for and participate in the 2016 Tournament season.

 

 

Our Scholar Athletes continued to build on their athletic success this quarter. Several PAST&E players competed in the Greater Portland Tennis Council's December "Junior Challenger Tournament" at Tualatin Hill Tennis Center. Four Scholar Athletes took home top prizes, with Alex taking Second Place in Boys' 10 & Under Singles, the team of Ristom and Ariel taking Second Place in Boys' 14 & Under Doubles, and Miguel taking First Place in Boys' 16 & Under Singles.

 

 

While we encourage excellence in athletics at PAST&E, your generous contributions above all help put academic achievement front and center in the lives of Scholar Athletes, ensuring that they are not intellectually held back by adverse circumstance. We are therefore thrilled to announce that the USTA/NJTL recently recognized five Scholar Athletes for their academic achievement in the 2014-2015 school year. Four students received first-place awards for the Pacific Northwest section of the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest: Leilani (11/12 Girls), Ristom (11/12 Boys), Gerry (13/14 Boys), and Miguel (15/16 Boys). Scholar Athlete Angel won 2nd Place in the Boys Middle School category of the National Student Athlete Competition. The NSAC recognizes students for their combined hard work, dedication, and accomplishment at school and on the court.

 

 

We have rung in the New Year and completed another year-end appeal marked by numerous generous donations, but it is never too late to show your continuing support. We recieve support from many foundations and corporations for new projects but it is the individual donations of supporters like yourself that provide the solid foundation on which our program continues year-round, providing tuition-free academic tutoring and tennis instruction Spring, Summer, Fall, and Summer. If you have not done so already, we encourage you to consider a monthly recurring donation at GlobalGiving.

 

We thank you, and invite you to vist us at www.pastande.org

PAST&E Robotics Team Preparing to Compete!
PAST&E Robotics Team Preparing to Compete!
Oct 20, 2015

PAST&E Fall Update

New Scholar Athletes join PAST&E!
New Scholar Athletes join PAST&E!
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:
SERVING UP SUCCESS SUMMER PROGRAM
This summer 65 Scholar Athletes, K-12, participated in our nine week Serving Up Success Summer Program to stop summer learning loss. Our Scholar Athletes were challenged to travel the globe in The Amazing Race, learning about different countries, cultures, and global issues while strengthening their reading, writing, and math skills. Scholar Athletes began their learning adventure in France then traveled to Brazil, China, Israel, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Canada, Vietnam and finished their journey in Australia.
Each day of learning is a divergence from what many Scholar Athletes experience in school. We emphasize Scholar Athlete led learning, where a Scholar Athlete or group of Scholar Athletes are presented with a challenge and then experiment to find a solution on their own. We hope to enable each Scholar Athlete to love investigating and coming up with creative solutions to simple and difficult problems alike!
Each weekend Scholar Athletes, age 8 and up, compete with juniors from across the greater Portland area in low-cost 10 & Under and Challenger Tournaments hosted at St. Johns Racquet Center home of PAST&E. By keeping the cost at a third the average rate of junior tournament fees, our nine week summer tournament series gives children the opportunity to experience tournament play. These tournaments allow PAST&E to fulfill its mission to keep the sport of tennis accessible to our Scholar Athletes and other low-income families. 
ST. JOHNS RACQUET CENTER DEBUTS NEWLY RESURFACED COURTS
St. Johns Racquet Center, home of Portland After-School Tennis & Education (PAST&E), debuted its newly resurfaced courts to community supporters and partners Monday evening. Mike Stone, former St. Johns Racquet Center Manager, Ernest Hartzog, PAST&E Founder, and Danice Brown, Executive Director, hit the first balls on the new courts surrounded by friends and supporters of the program. 
The court improvements, including resurfacing and redraping, would not have been possible without the support from the United States Tennis Association Facilities Assistance Program and the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest Section. Steve Huber, of Tennis Surface and Maintenance, and his team did an excellent job with the court resurfacing. All three courts include both 36’ and 60’ lines to accommodate all levels and ages of players. 
To the players at St. Johns Racquet Center, the courts represent more than an arena to play tennis. The players and USTA Teams that utilize the facility directly support PAST&E and its programming each time they play on our courts. Each year, over 1,000 children from low-income families benefit from athletic and academic programming that takes place in the facility. Because of St. Johns Racquet Center PAST&E is able to make tennis accessible to low-income families.
JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS
The Fall Junior Team Tennis season is well under way! Sixteen Scholar Athletes represent PAST&E on two teams: the Straight Aces and the Kids on the Court. Our teams have been traveling to local clubs and tennis facilities meeting and competing with players across Greater Portland. So far they've won three matches and over 100 games!
Coach Leon helps Mariyah get ready for her match
Coach Leon helps Mariyah get ready for her match
St. Johns Racquet Center
St. Johns Racquet Center's New Courts!
Jul 24, 2015

PAST&E Summer Update

Alan learning about Brazil
Alan learning about Brazil's rainforests.

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:

Serving Up Succes Summer Program

June 22nd marked the start of PAST&E's 9 week Serving Up Success Summer Program to STOP Summer Learning Loss. 

More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation and reading skills over the summer months. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college. Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children-particularly children at high risk of obesity-gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break.

Join us this summer as we travel the globe in The Amazing Race! PAST&E Scholar Athletes make up nine teams: the French Gallic Roosters, the Brazilian Jaguars, the Canadian Beavers, the Australian Red Kangaroos, the Ukrainian Mouflons, the Chinese Pandas, the Israeli Gazelles, the Zimbabwean Sable Antelopes, and the Vietnamese Water Buffalos.  

Throughout the week teams have the opportunity to earn points in daily geography, reading, writing, math, science, cultural (art, food, music, dance, religion), fitness, games, and tennis challenges. Track each team's progress as they explore France, Brazil,China, Israel, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Canada, Vietnam, and Australia. Check out our Serving Up Success page to pick a team and cheer them on all summer!

#ReturnTheServe #Portland

PAST&E has been selected as one of 10 National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters to participate in JPMorgan Chase's twitter campaign, #ReturnTheServe. The NJTL chapter that secures the most mentions will receive $10,000. The campaign will conclude Aug. 14 and the winning program will be announced on Friday, August 21.

How to Vote

Each supporter is allowed one vote per day regardless of method used to vote (Twitter or Instagram) between now and August 14th

  • Follow @PASTandE on Twitter and @pastande_stjohns on Instagram and retweet/repost our daily posts
  • Or create a post on Twitter or Instagram with #ReturnTheServe and #Portland included in the text.
  • Example: I support #ReturnTheServe #Portland. Retweet and help @PASTandE win $10,000 to make tennis accessible to low-income youth.

Thank you for your continued support!

Gema reading about our world.
Gema reading about our world.
Coach Jules & Jeremy writing in their journals.
Coach Jules & Jeremy writing in their journals.
Felipe & Pierre at the arts & culture station.
Felipe & Pierre at the arts & culture station.
Rosie, Olivia & Marissa in the reading tent.
Rosie, Olivia & Marissa in the reading tent.

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