The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation is an after-school youth development program in Jacksonville's Urban Core promoting academic achievement and positive life skills through the sport of tennis for students in kindergarten through high school. We use tennis, daily homework assistance, and life skills curriculum to engage youth in an active and fun program. By correlating success on the court with success in life, MWYF fosters leadership, sportsmanship, self-esteem, confidence, discipline, accountability, and the value of hard work, teamwork, and individual effort.
Since its inception, there have been 712 non-replicated students in the TnT program. In 21 years, over 20,000 children and their families have been impacted by MWYF and its programs.
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100% of our high school students have graduated on time in 4 years.
Less Disciplinary Problems
Only 2 participants have had involvement with the Juvinile Justice System while in the program. Zip code 32209 has the highest incidence of juvenile crime in the city.
No Teen Parents
No MWYF student has become a teen parent while active in its program, yet the Foundation's zip code has the highest rates of teen pregnancies and STDs in the city.
Founder - Mal Washington
In 1994 he created the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation to introduce tennis to at risk youth. In 1996 he became the first African American man to reach a grand slam singles final since tennis great Arthur Ashe won Wimbledon in 1975.
Executive Director Terri Florio
Terri Florio serves as the Executive Director of the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation. She has been in that position since the Foundation began active programs in 1996.
The Board of Directors
The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation has a committed Board of Directors and an experienced professional staff.