Posts tagged youth
Motown, Mo' Tennis

We are dancing on the courts as ACE brings our programs up to Motown. There has already been a lot of moving and shaking to find the community partners who will get us up and running, but have we found our rhythm? Read more!

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Stepping Up Our Service

Our laces are tied up, and our rackets are strung. Our ACE-ers are ready to get on the courts! With the success of the Winner Wonderland campaign, the Spring season ahead looks even brighter. How have you helped us grow our impact? Just take a look and see.

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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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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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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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