Tenacity tennis instructors run tennis clinics during the school day for 4th and 5th graders at The Mario Umana Academy in East Boston and McCormack Middle School in Dorchester. The clinics are offered once a month to introduce the Tenacity Pathway to students who are preparing for middle school.
Middle School Academy
Tenacity currently has four partner schools: Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester, John W. McCormack Middle School in Dorchester, and Mario Umana Academy in East Boston.
Any student in our four partner schools is eligible for the Middle School Academy program. There is no academic requirement, students are not obligated to join the program based on school recommendations, and there is no cost. Program staff visit the schools starting in the fall, and contact the families of all interested students. If it seems that Tenacity will be a good fit for the student and family, staff visit them and officially enroll them in the program. This is the first of many visits as the family makes a three year commitment to the program.
Middle School Academy is a free program for students at our partner schools. While families do not pay a monetary fee for services, we do have high expectations for our students. They are expected to attend the program every day it is run (three to five days a week), for three years, and participate for at least three weeks of the Summer Tennis & Reading Program.
We did! Tenacity staff have used various other literacy curricula and programs as inspiration, but the scope, sequence, and content of the lesson plans that we teach are unique to Tenacity.
Tenacity takes a games-based approach to teaching tennis. This means that students learn by playing a variety of tennis based games, rather than just drills on stroke production and strategy.
College Prep and Post-Secondary Services
Any Tenacity students who graduate from our Middle School Academy (MSA). Those who fulfill their commitment to the MSA program and graduate at the end of their 8th grade year after 2-3 years of participation, are entitled to an array of services and support throughout high school and beyond.
The goal of Post-Secondary Services is to build upon the positive impact of the MSA program and continue to ensure that our students will grow into successful and productive young adults, complete high school, and move on into the next phase of life, whether it is attending college or a vocational school, learning a trade, or joining the military.
Starting when our students are still in the 8th grade, College Prep assists them with the high school selection process. Later, we continue to offer support to MSA graduates as they move through their challenging high school years and beyond. We do this by offering educational, social, and emotional support through formal and informal programs and services. This includes regular check-ins throughout high school, tutoring and test preparation (e.g. SAT, MCAS), connections to academic enrichment programs, job and volunteer opportunities, ongoing tennis opportunities, scholarship opportunities, and assistance with college selection and financial aid processes. We work hard to maintain connections to our alumni; we do this through consistent tracking, and social and recreational alumni events.
We recognize that some students may have wished to fulfill their commitment to MSA, and are committed and loyal to Tenacity, but couldn’t finish the program due to circumstances beyond their control (e.g. they moved or switched schools). For these rare circumstances, students who wish to become “honorary” alumni and have access to all the services and opportunities of the College Prep and Post-Secondary Services programs may go through an application process. A panel will be assembled to review each application, and we will decide on a case-by-case basis who may become honorary alumni.
Summer Tennis & Reading Program
The Tenacity Summer Tennis & Reading Program serves Boston residents between the ages of 6 and 16. We cannot make exceptions to the residency or age requirements. There is also a Summer Tennis & Reading program offered in Worcester at five sites for Worcester residents.
Nothing! The Summer Program is FREE!
However, it does cost Tenacity about $60 per child, per week to run our Summer Program. If you are able, we ask that you make a small donation (on a per week calculation based on your family’s income level) for each child attending when you register them for the program.
Immediately after filling out a registration form or registering online! Everyone gets accepted into our program, provided the site you choose isn’t already full.
At the end of the online registration process, you will get a confirmation page which will let you know that you have completed the registration process and that you have been accepted into our program. If you mailed in a form, you must take note of the site and week you signed up for.
The Summer Tennis & Reading program is currently located at 24 sites throughout Boston. Please visit our STRP Boston page to find out if Tenacity is available in a neighborhood near you.
All of our sites have a morning session (9 AM – 12 PM) and most also have an afternoon session (1 PM – 4 PM). Children between the ages of 6-10 are eligible to attend the morning sessions and children between the ages of 9-16 are eligible to attend the afternoon sessions. In the Worcester program, children ages 6 – 16 meet in the mornings and the afternoons.
Tenacity does not provide any transportation, but many of our sites are accessible via public transportation. Please visit the STRP Boston page for more detailed information on transportation options at each location.
Children should wear sneakers and comfortable athletic clothing (shorts, t-shirt, etc.). Also, please ensure that your child has whatever sun protection he or she needs.
Tenacity provides all tennis equipment and reading material, but children may bring their own rackets or books if they would like. Make sure to CLEARLY LABEL any personal items you bring.
Tenacity provides water at all sites, though children are welcome to bring their own water bottles. No food is provided. Feel free to bring a snack if you think your child will want one.
The program is CANCELLED in the event of rain. Please ensure that your child has a way to get home or a place to go if a rain cancellation occurs. Contact your child’s site leader with any questions regarding rain cancellation.
Because of the demand for this program, attendance is REQUIRED for all confirmed sessions. If your child cannot attend a session he or she is registered for, please contact Tenacity as soon as possible at 617-562-0900 so that another child can be given the space.
Tenacity AmeriCorps Fellow Opportunity
- What is AmeriCorps? – AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, through which over one million individuals have strengthened their communities, focusing on education, the environment, fighting poverty, and other critical needs. Learn more here!
- What if I’ve served with AmeriCorps before? – Limits vary by type of AmeriCorps service; individuals may serve up to four times with AmeriCorps State and National and earn up to the value of two full-time education awards. Details can be found here.
- What benefits do AmeriCorps members receive? – Benefits vary by AmeriCorps program; Members serving with Tenacity receive a living allowance paid in biweekly installments, healthcare, childcare vouchers where eligible, loan forbearance where eligible, and an education award pending completion and eligibility.
- What do you look for in candidates? – We want to enroll Fellows who are passionate about supporting youth to help them achieve now and in the future. Some experience with young people is important, and even more important is an openness to learning and collaboration.
- Do I have to know how to play tennis? – No! Our Fellows support literacy and fitness (and more), so it’s important for Fellows to believe in whole-child approach and be willing to help with all areas of the program. You’ll learn some tennis skills, but don’t need to bring any of your own tennis experience.
- How do I apply to be a Tenacity Fellow? – You can access our online application here. If you have any questions, email Jenn Bender at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What does the application process entail? – After you submit your online application, we offer interviews to eligible applicants. After interviews, we reach out to the two references identified in the application process, and then we make offers as appropriate. We aim to move the process quickly and stay in regular touch with candidates throughout the process.
- Does Tenacity provide housing to Fellows? – We do not provide housing, but once you plan to enroll, we can connect you to a realtor who has experience helping our AmeriCorps Fellows find housing that is accessible to our sites and affordable.
- What kinds of training will I get? – Fellows get substantial training in Tenacity’s program model, teaching and youth development, how to align literacy with fitness, communication in challenging circumstances, family engagement, and more! Additionally, Fellows receive customized professional development supporting their career goals, including resume development, interviewing, networking, and industry-specific content.
- What hours will I serve? – Fellows typically serve either during school hours, or mid-morning through afterschool hours, depending on assigned school.
- What will my team be like? – Tenacity enrolls approximately 20 Fellows each year, split into smaller teams at each of 4 middle school sites. Fellows can expect to serve intensely with the Fellows (and staff) at their assigned school and to collaborate with the full cohort of Fellows for training, as well as with Tenacity’s professional staff throughout the year.
- When do I find out what school I’m assigned to? – Once the service term begins, Fellows are assigned to schools based on the needs of each specific site and on their previous experiences.
Yes. If you process your gift using the Donate Now (service provided by Classy) link on the Tenacity website, you may use any form of credit card. If you would like to provide your credit card number via phone, fax or mail we can only accept Visa or MasterCard.
Our online donation processor, Classy, protects donations using encryption software which keeps your personal information safe. Your credit card information is not stored for future viewing once it has been processed, which ensures a secondary level of security.
Easy! Simply call 617-562-0900 ext.21 and we will assist with your donation to Tenacity.
Absolutely! Most of our donations are made by check. Please make your check payable to Tenacity, Inc. and send it to our office, attn: Development Office at 38 Everett Street, Boston, MA 02134.
Yes, donating stock is an easy, wonderful way to help fund Tenacity’s programs. Simply call or email us and we’ll provide detailed instructions on how to contribute your stocks to Tenacity.
We often accept children’s books, office equipment and items needed in the tennis program, however we would appreciate your checking with us first to make sure there is a need for your items. We also ask that you provide an estimated value of your in-kind donation so that we can properly acknowledge the gift. Please understand that establishing the value of an in-kind donation for tax purposes is the responsibility of the donor, not Tenacity.
Tenacity is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in accordance with the IRS Code. Our acknowledgement letter serves as a gift receipt as well as our thank you letter and may be used to claim a tax deduction. Our EIN number is: 04-3452763
We are grateful to any donors who wish to make a multi-year pledge to Tenacity. Please contact our Vice President of Advancement at 617-562-0900 Ext.22 to discuss this option.
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Donations make it possible for Tenacity to provide our school-year and summer programs for underserved Boston youth, as well as support our students on their journey to high school and beyond.
A confirmation will be sent to you once the donation has been processed. (Online donations are processed immediately, mailed donations are processed within 7 – 10 days).
Yes. We would be glad to accept your donation to our general fund to be used where most needed, or you may also direct your donation to one of the following programs: Pathway Programs or the Summer Tennis & Reading Program.
A Matching Gift is a terrific way to increasing the value of your donation to Tenacity. Consult the HR pages on your company intranet or contact the HR department for the proper forms.
Typically you will receive your letter within 7-10 days.
We can set up your record so that you receive fewer mailings from Tenacity, rather than losing touch altogether, however, if being removed from our mailing list is your preference, we will certainly honor that request. Just send us an email or give us a call and we’ll take care of it.
Use our contact form to send us an email with your updated info, or call the office at 617-562-0900 x26.