National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton creates opportunities for success by enriching the lives of under-resourced youth through innovative tennis, education, and mentoring programs.
During the plan period, we envision bold expansion of our programs, physical infrastructure and geographic reach. In Trenton, we will expand our mentoring programs and increase scholarship opportunities, deepening our partnership with the Christina Seix Academy through a new indoor tennis facility and investing in a headquarters that will serve as a hub for indoor programs and a community learning center. We will also increase the use of the renovated Cadwalader Park tennis facility and complete the redevelopment of the Villa Park tennis facility. Moving beyond Trenton, we plan to start providing our programs and services in Newark and then to youth in need in other parts of New Jersey.
National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton, at its core, believes in:
1. Creating a diverse and inclusive atmosphere in which children strive for academic excellence and enjoy the process of learning.
2. Opening doors to educational opportunities, enabling children to reach their potential.
3. Responsibly develops character through lessons learned in understanding what it takes to be successful.
4. Enabling access to affordable quality programming that promotes regular exercise and healthy lifestyles in the communities it serves.
- The NJTLT Outreach program is comprised of an indoor program of introductory, beginner and advanced-beginner tennis instruction in 18 Trenton public schools, reaching 1,000+ children, and an outdoor component with an additional 450 participants in the spring, summer and fall at two local tennis facilities. Outreach also includes community events to generate recognition, interest and recruitment.
- The NJTLT-pioneered Academic Creative Engagement (ACE) is tied to National Education Standards and Common Core State Standards. It offers an hour of tennis instruction and an hour of academic enrichment two days/week in 12-week sessions. ACE is divided into three age-appropriate programs: Pre-K through 2nd grades, 3rd through 5th grades and 6th through 8th grades. In 2016, ACE served 500+ students. The ACE curriculum developed by NJTLT is today used by 55 chapters across the U.S.
- The NJTLT Ashe Student Athlete Program recruits Trenton students in third grade, providing tennis and life skills support through middle and high school. Ashe participants receive tennis training and equipment at no cost, and are eligible for employment, scholarships and mentoring programs with local organizations. Collaborations with Princeton University and Bloomberg LP offer workshops, mentoring and college guidance. In 2015 and 2016, the 24 NJTLT Ashe 12th grade participants had a college acceptance rate of 100% and secured $400,000+ in scholarships.