Our Tennis2College program is designed to engage low-income Twin Cities youth in a supportive, forward-thinking atmosphere that fosters social, emotional, physical and academic success. 

TennisWorks programming is designed to inspire youth to seek success in many areas of their lives—socially, emotionally, academically and physically.

We aim to accomplish this via the following objectives:

We judge the effectiveness of our tennis program for low-income Twin Cities youth by observing factors like engagement in learning, communication skills, relations with peers and initiative. 
  1. Youth learn the game of tennis as a lifetime pursuit that fosters personal development and growth, self-confidence, a sense of mastery, and health and fitness. 
  2. Youth experience support and encouragement from trained coach-mentors of all ages, who build consistent relationships, a sense of belonging, and a welcoming community. 
  3. Youth engage in developmentally appropriate interests and challenges through a curriculum of physical activity, life-skills development and leadership opportunities, and are inspired to define and pursue success in many areas of their lives. 
  4. Youth are active partners in their own growth and development, and contribute their ideas, energy and leadership to FWTEC programs and the greater community.  

To judge how effective TennisWorks is in achieving these objectives, we measure the growth and development that our youth experience as they move through our programs via the Search Institute's Developmental Assets Profile (DAP) and Youth and Program Strengths Survey (YAPS). The Search Institute has identified the building blocks of healthy development—or Developmental Assets—that help young children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible (click here to read more about Developmental Assets). 

Across our programs, we use pre- and post-program surveys and interviews to look for growth in areas like: 

  • Achievement Motivation: Young person is motivated to do well in school. 
  • Responsibility: Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility. 
  • Planning and Decision Making: Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices. 
  • Self-esteem: Young person reports having high self-esteem. 

    Click here to see the full list of Developmental Assets