Making A Difference
One-fifth of all children in Palm Beach County live in poverty. According to a 2020 study by United Way of Palm Beach, 46% of the county’s households struggle to make ends meet: 12% are living below the Federal Poverty Level and the other 34% are considered to be “working poor”. As defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they spend 27 weeks or more per year in the labor force either working or looking for work, but their incomes still fall below the poverty level. Barely able to afford basic necessities, there is no room in these families’ budgets for out-of-school enrichment activities or academic support.
By offering free tennis and education programming, along with mentoring, to children of under-resourced families, Delray Beach Youth Tennis Foundation (DBYTF) not only teaches the game of tennis but also provides opportunities for exercise, competition, and team building to become life-long character traits.
Every day our children learn life skills in our programs: perseverance, self-control, cooperation, and respect. Our volunteer coaches and teachers witness profound transformations throughout the year as students bring these lessons to their classrooms and their personal lives. We are thrilled to see our program grow every year.
Since our beginning in 2015, we have reached over 1,000 youth in Delray Beach
Our program grows exponentially every year, allowing us to reach more children and make a bigger impact
We operate programs at 3 sites, adding more each year, in communities that need us most.