Young Quakers Community Athletics with Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Imagine a program in which children in West Philadelphia schools can learn a new sport from collegiate athletes of the highest echelon. Where 4th-8th graders can practice writing, study skills, and time management with top university students one-on-one. Where friendships are formed, talents are sharpened, and dreams are born. Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) is that program, and we invite you to play a part. Young Quakers Community Athletics is an afterschool initiative between the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships and the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics. This initiative, directed through Netter’s University-Assisted Community Schools program (UACS), creates mutually beneficial partnerships between select Penn intercollegiate athletic teams and West Philadelphia public schools. It works with select kindergarten-through-eighth-grade University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS) in West Philadelphia to establish athletic teams and engage them with Penn’s own varsity teams. The Penn players mentor the children on the field and off. In addition to the mentoring, the program provides staff, coaches, uniforms, sports equipment, bus transportation, and access to the University’s world-class playing fields at no cost to the schools or their students. The program participants also benefit from the Netter Center’s comprehensive UACS programming, which brings additional academic, human, and material resources from Penn to their schools during the school day, after school, and in the summer.
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