As & Aces

tennis, life skills, academics

aka A's & Aces   |   New Orleans, LA   |  http://www.asandaces.org

Mission

A's & Aces mission is to provide academic assistance, life skills, and tennis to New Orleans public school children.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Mr. Carl David Schumacher

President

Anna Monhartova

Main address

1036 Arabella St

New Orleans, LA 70115 USA

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EIN

26-1905295

NTEE code info

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Tennis and Racquet Sports Clubs/Leagues (N66)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Illiteracy: Louisiana’s historically high levels of illiteracy and academic underachievement demonstrate the need for our programs (e.g., the high-school dropout rate is 36% in LA, 14% points higher than the national average). Violence: High rates of violence and crime are detrimental to children’s education and to the community. The city-level Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data indicate that New Orleans youth exceed U.S. averages in rates of carrying guns (9.0% vs. 5.4%), being threatened or injured by a weapon at school (15% vs. 8%), participating in a physical fight (46% vs. 36%), and being involved with dating violence (21% vs. 9%). Obesity: All of our programs promote an active lifestyle and get kids moving. In addition to teaching the children to have an active lifestyle, our students receive classroom education on nutrition and healthy eating choices. A’s & Aces’ emphasis on fitness and tennis promotes a lifelong lifestyle that directly addresses this issue.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Tennis FUNdamentals

In-School Program

A’s & Aces provides a structured, safe and fun format for participants at elementary schools in Orleans Parish. Children ages 5-9 (K-3rd grade) participate in a 8&Under tennis format, starting with 'toss tennis'. Interested participants are invited to out-of-school-time programming (after-school, weekend, and holiday camps).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Tennis programming at Joe Brown Park
-three (3) groups:
9:00AM-10:00AM Junior Development "Red Ball" Clinic
10:00-12:00 Junior Development "Orange/Green Ball" Clinic
12:00-2:00 Junior Development "Yellow Ball" Clinic

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

A’s & Aces Pathway to College Program provides children with academic support, evidence-based life-skills curricula, and recreational activities to help prepare students to succeed academically, socially/emotionally and physically in college and throughout life.

Our academic component focuses on writing and reading activities to foster literacy skills, essay contest, book distributions to build home libraries, and incorporates mentoring and tutoring. Our First Serve Life Skills Curriculum™ focuses on 18 core, character-building skills (e.g., teamwork, conflict resolution, sportsmanship, overcoming challenges, etc.) over a 3 year period and thematically links the classroom reading and writing activities with the athletic component.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

USTA NJTL Excellence Team for most committed student-athletes:
- 6x/week practice
- tournament opportunities
- academic support

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Committment Award 2008

Clinton Global Initiative Universities

Educational Merit Award 2008

United States Tennis Assiciation - Southern Section

Proclamation “For Outstanding Work On Behalf of the Youth of New Orleans” 2009

New Orelans City Council

"Angel Award" for volunteering to help Louisiana Children 2010

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana

Program of the Year 2010

Louisiana Tennis Association

"Chapter of the Year" 2013

United States Tennis Association

Louisiana Hero of Excellence 2016

Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation

National Junior Tennis & Learning Organization of the Year 2017

Tennis Industry magazine

Affiliations & memberships

United States Tennis Association 2015

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of competition winners declared

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Pathway to College Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Annual USTA NJTL Essay Contest: Southern winner (best essay in Louisiana) -OR- National winner

Number of competition entrants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Pathway to College Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

USTA tournament participants

Total number of competitions held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Excellence Team

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

USTA-sanctioned tournaments (level 5): 8's - 18's divisions, boys and girls Non-sanctioned tournaments UTR tournaments Team Challenges

Number of financial literacy courses conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Pathway to College Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Junior Achievement Curricula on financial literacy at NORDC camps (and/or IBERIABANK financial literacy curricula at the Tournament Training Academy)

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Excellence Team

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students at or above a 90% attendance rate

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Pathway to College Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of books distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Books distributed to create a 'home library'.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of participants enrolled across all A's & Aces programs

Number of participants who are promoted to the next grade on time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Pathway to College Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1) Increase academic attainments
2) Increase behavioral outcomes
3) Increase physical fitness and tennis skills
4) Provide equitable access to non-traditional sport (tennis)

1) Academic activities: focus on literacy (reading and writing)
2) Teaching life skills: focus on character development, community service, and sportsmanship
3) Using tennis to promote physical fitness and retain children in this education initiative

Low academic attainments: Louisiana’s historically high levels of illiteracy and academic underachievement demonstrate the need for this program. A’s & Aces’ focus on literacy, one-on-one tutoring, and general academic mentoring support targets this issue.

Obesity: Our programming promotes an active lifestyle and getting kids moving. In addition to teaching the children to have an active lifestyle, our students receive classroom education on nutrition and healthy eating choices. A’s & Aces’ emphasis on fitness and tennis promotes a lifelong healthy lifestyle.

Access and affordability of quality enrichment programs with a sport:
Non-traditional sports, such as tennis, have been historically inaccessible to most low-income communities due to high costs to participate. Rarely do public schools in low-income neighborhoods offer a variety of sports, especially non-traditional ones. Thus, rather than bringing people together by being accessible to all children, these sports have been seen as an elitist, “white sport”, by minority groups. Martin, in her book White Sports/Black Sports: Racial Disparities in Athletic Programs: Racial Disparities in Athletic Programs (Racism in American Institutions) asserts that to ensure that all Americans enjoy the country’s promises of fairness, justice, and equality, we must understand the role of race and of racism, and address structural barriers that perpetuate inequality in all areas of social life, including sports. A’s & Aces’ purpose is to remove these barriers.

1) A's & Aces is demand-driven and bases its programming on the community inputs
2) Using evidence-based curricula: A's & Aces partners with the United States Tennis Association, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and Alliance for a Healthier Generation to implement curricula in addition to its own curricula
3) Professional, caring staff: in partnership with Tulane AmeriCorps programs; certifies coaches
4) Large volunteer base to provide low teacher-pupil ratio
5) All key staff trained and certified by United Stated Professional Tennis Registry/USPTA or participate in professional development opportunities

- Retention in year-round programming
- Eight (8) years in a row A's & Aces participants won the NJTL Essay Contest (Southern Winners for best essay in Louisiana); national winner in 2019
- Increase in academic attainments measured by graduation to the next grade (100%)
- Increase in number of under-resourced children playing tennis across the New Orleans area (have the largest cohorts of children playing tennis in Louisiana)
- Four (4) academic awards awarded
- over 60 USTA tournament participants; 50+ ranked in the State of Louisiana in last 5 years
- Six (6) children finished top 10 on the USTA National Student-Athlete Competition in 2013/2014 academic year; ten (10) ranked top ten in 2014-2015 academic year.
- Finished 8th at the Excellence Teams Cup in College Park (out of 12 teams, national level competition)
- Counselor in Training Program - employment opportunities for older participants, leading to AmeriCorps positions
- athletic/need-based/academic scholarships to colleges:
two Posse Scholarship winners, two Chancellors scholarship winners (Vanderbilt), one athletic scholarship (Quincy University)

NEXT:
- more college attendees
- more children playing tennis

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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As & Aces

Board of directors
as of 05/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Anna Monhartova

Tulane University

Term: 2021 - 2023

David Schumacher, JD

A's & Aces

Jane Cross

Retired

Kenny Waguespack

Encompass Ins Co.

Michael Griffin

Daughters of Charity

Cindy Hart

Retired

Jeffrey Smith

Smith Law

Kelli Wright

Latter & Blum

James Ewers

Retired/Social Advocate

Elizabeth Bostick

South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority

Russell Ledet

Tulane

Tripp Friedler

Free Gulliver

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/8/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability