A PLUS Youth Program
4520 MLK Jr. Way S
Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse at Rainer Vista Boys & Girls Club
The mission of A PLUS Youth Program is to provide academic preparation, specialized athletic training, and civic engagement workshops in an effort to develop the skills necessary for youth to become successful leaders. It is the intention of A PLUS Youth Program to embrace all individuals without regard to race, class, socioeconomic status or geographical location.
A PLUS Youth Program (Academic Preparation-Leadership-Unity-Sports) provides inner city youth with the opportunity to combine educational development and competitive basketball. The A+ program works with boys in the 4th through 10th grades and with girls in the 7th grade. Upon entering the program each member is tested to identify academic strengths and weaknesses. After each member is evaluated, a lesson plan focusing on homework support and skill development is designed and members are matched with tutors to meet their educational needs. Based on each member’s personal academic assessment, a minimum GPA will be required to continue in the program. Members participate in fall, winter, spring and summer leagues, as well as multiple tournaments throughout the year. Members also have the opportunity to travel to compete against the best regional and national basketball competition. In addition to promoting basketball skills, the program emphasizes teamwork and good citizenship.