Founded in September 1999, StreetSquash is an after-school youth enrichment program that combines academic tutoring with squash instruction, community service, and one-on-one mentoring. StreetSquash’s mission is to provide consistent, long-term and reliable support to the children, families and schools in Harlem. By exposing these children to a broad range of experiences and by maintaining the highest standards, StreetSquash aims to help each child realize his or her academic and personal potential.

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For several years A-List provided SAT instruction at schools during the day and after class but quickly realized that it could offer a better solution for its clients and their students. StreetSquash was the first nonprofit to utilize this service. A-List’s teacher training and content licensing programs have significant benefits over traditional third party offerings:

  • Subsidizing the cost shifts the payment burden away from the students, who may not be able to afford the best courses.
  • Holding courses during the school day will makes it easier for students to attend without sacrificing time for schoolwork, sports, or the arts.
  • The school’s imprimatur upon the classes makes students take the work more seriously than they would independent classes, which are often viewed as extracurricular and therefore optional.
  • Training the faculty in new subject matter will create a new level of valuable expertise in the staff, an expertise that can grow stronger and more refined over the years.