The 5 W's (and H) of the Parent Mentor Program

The ACE Project has been so fortunate to work alongside parents in our communities to benefit our programs, and with the Parent Mentor Program, we will take a crucial step forward toward better parent engagement. What is this program, though? Why is it important? How will we pull it off? Don’t worry! We have the answers!

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Baltimore's Big Break

The summer months in the Chicagoland area were heating up with all the activities around the Art Courts renovation project, but that doesn't mean our Baltimore youth watched the summer pass by without any tennis!

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Return the Serve 2018: A Major Win

Following the unveiling of the renovated Art Courts in Riverdale, The ACE Project had an opportunity to partner with the United States Tennis Association and Chase to host Return the Serve for a 3rd consecutive year. The pictures alone capture all the excitement and fun of the day, but make sure to read up on how it all came together!

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#USOpenArtCourtsxChase is So. Much. More.

Riverdale joins communities located in Miami, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and New York as part of the Art Courts initiative, a tennis court renovation project that amplifies the importance of public courts and their ability to provide youth with rich opportunities for growth, personal development, and culture.

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Served and Connected

Wow, 12 weeks went by fast! With the successful wrap of Serve and Connect in Baltimore and Chicago, we reflect on the lessons learned then consider how to sustain the relationships we established through the project.

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The Summer Upswing

Though many students jump for joy when school is excused for the summer, the children living in south suburban Chicago and Baltimore City are forced to consider their level of safety due to increased violence. How can we make a difference in young lives and save the summer through The ACE Project?

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Feature in Voyage Chicago's Most Inspiring Stories

The ACE team is the BEST team, and we had an opportunity to share this fact with Voyage Chicago in an interview recently as part of its Most Inspiring Stories series. Susan Klumpner, executive director and co-founder, answers all the essential questions about how ACE came into existence, but what keeps it running is its fabulous team! Check out the interview!

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Doing What it Takes

The ACE Project aim to strengthen our community networks by launching Serve and Connect, which will welcome local police officers into our Baltimore- and Chicago-based schools and give them the opportunity to participate in learning activities with students. In partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Foundation, Serve and Connect kicks off at the end of February, and we can't wait for the fun to begin! 

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Coach's Corner: Ms. Janet Eaker

ACE catches up with Ms. Janet Eaker, physical education teacher at Washington Elementary School in Riverdale, to learn what motivates her as a coach and teacher. Her answers may not surprise you---the students play a major role---but Coach Eaker's heart and dedication are felt through her responses

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Beyond the Baseline: Nathaniel at Calvin Rodwell Elementary

For our first time going beyond, Ms. Marika Allen-Lyles, 4th grade math and science teacher at Calvin Rodwell Elementary School in Baltimore, chronicles the leadership qualities blossoming in 4th grader Nathaniel (far right) as he takes charge on the court and in the classroom.

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Making Dreams Come True

The ACE Project was invited by the USTA Foundation to attend the Spring 2018 Capacity Building Training in Orlando, Florida. Though it might not sound like the place where dreams come true, members of the ACE team gathered with organizations from across the country to discuss how best to make childhood dreams become a reality. 

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