o Youth STEM training, resources and supports,
o Supports for youth orientation to and aspirations for higher education,
o Access to quality training for youth-serving professionals, and
o Enhancement of parent engagement.
In 2000, AdvantageVirginia was established. Led by VCU and advised by a board of local and national members, AdvantageVirginia is committed to making Virginia a destination for tennis. Plans included building a world-class tennis facility in Richmond that will attract major tournaments and developing a youth tennis academy.
The tennis academy was designed to serve as a developmental program for youth, offering tennis instruction, tutoring, and mentoring to aid the city’s youth and build teamwork, sportsmanship, and discipline. Not only is tennis a sport that can be played for a lifetime, but in many ways it can be a model for life based on the values it encourages.
In 2006, AdvantageVirginia was placed on hold when the appropriate land could not be identified. However, what survived is what we know today as Lobs & Lessons. Michael Fraizer, former CEO of Genworth Financial Inc., and his wife Elizabeth, decided to underwrite the program and construct a dedicated facility on the VCU campus. Over the next year, the youth tennis academy became a reality.
The idea became a reality when the project went from the drawing board to the courts during the 2005 academic school year. The Lobs & Lessons program was first implemented by graduate students from the VCU Center for Sport Leadership (CSL). The program consisted of tennis and mentoring and was piloted with the William Byrd Community House. The program now serves more than 150 youth yearly through after-school enrichment programs. Upon graduating from the CSL program, Kathleen Bowles became the first Lobs & Lessons Director in 2005.
Lobs & Lessons found its new home several years later on the VCU campus along West Cary Street. During the time the VCU Cary Street Gym was being renovated, a portion of the Cary Street hockey field was allocated by the University for the future home of the Mary and Frances Youth Center. Construction began and the Center officially opened September 28, 2007. Following the opening, tennis superstars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf came to the Center for the Genworth Youth Fair in October 2007.Lobs & Lessons offered its first summer programs in 2009 and now serves more than 300 youth each summer over the course of eight weeks. In January 2010, Tina Carter became the Director of the Mary and Frances Youth Center. In July 2011, Rachel Rhoney became the second full-time staff member, serving as Assistant Director.
YPQI is provided in partnership with the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. The Weikart Center empowers education and human service leaders to adapt, implement, and scale best-in-class, research validated quality improvement systems to advance child and youth development. The approach is based in positive youth development research, and the desire to create a safe, supportive, and productive environment for youth. The YPQI is a comprehensive system for improving the quality of youth programs. It begins with training on the use of the Youth Program Quality Assessment (PQA) tool, a validated instrument designed to evaluate the quality of youth programs and identify staff training needs. Programs use the PQA to conduct a self-assessment. Data from the self assessment is used to set improvement goals tied to the observable measures in the PQA. Programs then are supported in reaching those goals and increasing program quality through training. This ASSESS-PLAN-IMPROVE sequence establishes a supportive system for continuous improvement.
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