City of Riviera Beach, FL, Summer 2023
YPA provided a grant to the City Parks and Recreation Department allowing them to hold 3 summer camps. Riviera Beach is 65% African American with over 75% of the school age youth on free or reduced lunch. Their goal was to introduce their youth to a sport that can be played for a lifetime. While the City retained the paddles purchased for their future programs, YPA had a paddle drive and gave each camper a paddle and balls to take home after the camp to continue playing.
People of Purpose FL, Belle Glade, Fl, Summer 2023
People of Purpose, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit community based corporation established in 2020 to provide returning citizens from the justice system with the tools for successful and productive lives. YPA provided this nonprofit with a grant to hold weekly summer sessions for children ages 13-17 who have had one encounter with the law/juvenile justice system. Their goal was to actively engage a group of young people to have an affirmative interaction in a safe and positive environment, encouraging them to continue play after the camp.
Friends of Thai Daughters, Trevett, Maine ( Foundation located in the US), Summer 2023
Ethnic minority girls growing up in hill tribe villages in Thailand face significant risks of becoming victims of human trafficking, child marriage, abuse and exploitation. Friends of Thai Daughters (FTD) started 20 years ago when its Maine founders were hiking in Thailand and came across a vacant school where 15 young, abandoned girls were trying to survive alone. FTD (a 501(c)(3) organization) now provides three safe residences in northern Thailand for girls who have been orphaned or discarded. One of their members left money in her will to build two pickleball courts, but they needed professional instruction. YPA provided a grant to this nonprofit to bring in pickleball professionals to coach the girls.
Integrated Healthcare System, Riviera Beach, FL (June 2023)
Starting in 2005 as a resource for veterans, Integrated Healthcare Systems expanded to include an integrated Healthcare model, providing primary care, behavioral healthcare, case management, and housing to the community. As part of a Wellness Day, YPA supplied two certified coaches to engage and teach pickleball to the interested youth and other participants who attended.
Integrated Healthcare System, Riviera Beach, FL (July 2023)
As part of a Back to School block party in Azure Estates, YPA provided two certified coaches to introduce pickleball to children and interested residents.
Els for Autism, Jupiter, FL (July 2023)
The global mission of Els for Autism is to transform the lives of people with autism and those who care for them through lifetime services and collaborative partnerships. YPA provided two certified coaches for a morning pickleball clinic with their high school children and young adults.
Urban Youth Impact, West Palm Beach, FL, Fall 2023
Urban Youth Impact is a faith-based organization started in 1977 that weekly serves over 300 at-risk inner-city youth in Palm Beach County, primarily through an award-winning after-school program. As part of their CREATE program, YPA provided a grant to add a 14 week introductory course on pickleball through the fall.