The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation has developed innovative, one-of-a-kind programs in order to reach as many underserved children in Jacksonville as possible.
TnT is a daily after-school program. TnT (Tennis-n-Tutoring) operates from 3pm-6pm, Monday-Friday in the MaliVai Washington Youth Center. TnT contains 3 sessions daily which provide academic assistance, tennis/fitness activities and life skills classes. Each child also receives a nutritious snack daily. The program offers: Academic Support through homework assistance and mentors; Tennis and Fitness classes focusing on nutrition, introduction to the sport of tennis and practice for competitive play; Life Skills & Enrichment classes which are age appropriate and range from basic hygiene to pregnancy prevention. All students participate in community service activities and have the opportunity to go on enrichment field trips based on reaching pre-determined goals.
Students who complete the TnT elementary program may join the Leadership program. The Leadership Program is geared toward middle and high school students. Students in the Leadership program are held to higher standards. Study hall is required for all students, with help available if needed. Leadership classes focus on study skills, goal setting, peer pressure, team building and dealing with adolescent issues. Activities also include career and college exploration. Youth who maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA are invited to participate in special activities and field trips. Youth who maintain a 3.0, 3.5, or 4.0 GPA all year are invited to participate in out of town trips.
Camp Dynamite first began during the Summer of 2008. Camp Dynamite is a comprehensive, day camp program which provides lunch and snack, daily tennis lessons, math, science and reading enrichment classes, art and free time to youth in 1st-5th grade. Students also enjoy going on field trips. Past field trips have included the Jacksonville Zoo, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, MOSH and Hands on Museum. An intensive tennis camp is provided (with enrichment activities) for invited middle and high school students.
The Competitive Program is available to students who are athletically gifted and who maintain academic excellence. Students in the competitive program must have a 2.5 GPA and exceptional behavior. The Competitive Program consists of small group lessons, participation in Grand Prix tournaments, USTA and Team Tennis activities and a racquet for personal use.
Outreach programs are designed to provide a broad introduction to the sport of tennis to as many youth as possible. Programs and activities include one day clinics, summer camps, programs with partner youth development organizations, home school organizations and local schools.
Family support is key to the success of the students in the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation. Therefore, family involvement is mandatory. Each family is required to provide six hours of community service each year by an adult. In addition, 4-5 family nights are held each year with a mandatory attendance policy for two events. Family nights focus on topics that parents request such as home ownership and credit repair, how to help your child succeed in school, internet safety, and community violence.