September 30th, 2013 | Beat the Streets – LA (BTSLA) is excited to announce today our fall program line-up. Entering just our second full year of providing youth development opportunities through wrestling in Los Angeles communities, we are set to expand to 17 program sites.
Utilizing a two-model approach to growth, our programs support both middle school after-school initiatives and community-based youth activity opportunities serving youth ages 5 to 14. It is through this approach that we have expanded our reach to 13 middle school and 4 community-based sites, marking significant impact on Los Angeles youth.
Key to our continued growth have been strategic partners After-School All-Stars, Bright Star Schools, the Los Angeles School Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. Newly formed partnerships with L.A.C.E.R., PUC Schools, Beyond the Bell and the City of South El Monte expand the reach of our programs and offer invaluable insight and opportunities.
In the challenging landscape of sports-based youth development we strive first and foremost to provide the highest quality of programming, mentorship, and leadership to our students. To that end, having developed a comprehensive Coaches Education Program to be led by Coaches Education Coordinator Valentin Kalika, we now bring a series of educational resources to support our coaches’ efforts in contributing to the mission of BTSLA.
“Through our Coaches Education Program we are giving our coaches impactful resources to use and greatly increase the capacity through which they are able to mentor youth. The willingness of our coaches to be open to new ideas and to take a relentlessly positive approach to leading and directing their programs has been inspiring. We truly have the best youth wrestling coaches in the country,” said Program Director Kevin Lake.
Through a partnership with the LA84 Foundation, this educational series will be made available to all wrestling based grantees awarded through the foundations youth sport grant program.
Having expanded our programs from 2 initial middle school programs in the spring of 2012 to the current 17 programs sites, it is an exciting time for BTSLA. The new and continued support of many will be key to our organizational advancement. To learn about ways you can support our programs, visit our website.