About the Organization:
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.
About A-List’s Program at Street Squash:
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.
Dr. James M.
…There is a need for the type of program you have developed to be made available to every child regardless of income. This is why I have brought A-List into school districts I have been fortunate enough to lead: to train our teachers and provide the support necessary to improve our students’ scores.
A-List was engaging and substantive for our students. Each week our Dreamers were completely immersed in the class’s content…The sessions were poignant, enjoyable, and challenging and exactly what I had hoped for my Dreamers.
This was by far the most useful professional development session I’ve attended in my career.