Tennis Education and Mentoring (TEaM)
New HYTEs' flagship year-round enrichment program TEaM serves 40 students ages 7-14 from 16 New Haven Public Schools. Two-thirds of TEaM scholars come from low-income households and one-third are from bilingual families. Full scholarships are provided to all participants. Our program combines tennis development, academic enrichment, and character building to equip students to succeed in both school and life. Our after-school program was created in 2008 by the Yale University varsity tennis coaches and has been under the auspices of New HYTEs since the fall of 2011. New HYTEs is a chapter of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Foundation's National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) Network.
Once per week, members of the Yale Men's Tennis Team deliver on-court coaching, as well as academic tutoring and mentoring. We utilize the USTA youth progression model through four stages of tennis development, culminating in competitive play through the USTA's Junior Team Tennis (JTT) league. Our JTT teams practice two additional days per week and play matches against other clubs on weekends. Through competition, we impact character building and positive choices by emphasizing sportsmanship, teamwork, positive efforts, resiliency, and learning to be one's best in all facets of life.
The Tennis Foundation of Connecticut has provided New HYTEs with classrooms and office space since 2014. This has allowed TEaM to gradually expand the academic enrichment program to four days per week. New Haven Public School buses deliver students to New HYTEs where they are welcomed with a healthy snack. Staff and volunteer mentors provide homework assistance and coordinate fun group enrichment projects that enhance literacy and build life skills. We implement the Book Club model from the One School, One Book platform to inspire our scholars to read consistently and discuss topics raised in the books. Our reading of the Lemonade War series led to student-run mock trials that provided opportunities for research and public speaking. In addition to homework and group projects, our scholars also pursue individualized academic enrichment using Kahn Academy to build math skills and Newsela to strengthen literacy and build awareness of current social topics such as immigration, climate change, nutrition, and social media. New HYTEs staff communicate frequently with New Haven teachers to support the academic development and well-being of our scholars.
TEaM Summer Academy
An extension of TEaM's tennis and education curriculum, our Summer Academy engages youth in projects with a social focus. Students participate in a pioneering academic program which explores the community, the environment, civic engagement, and current events. Additional activities include multimedia projects and educational field trips. Lessons emphasize team work, critical thinking, character building, and communication. Students participate in tennis development, fitness, and meditation to promote physical and mental wellness. Our program also provides job training, mentoring, and summer employment to high school students participating in the City of New Haven Youth@Work initiative.