Todd Martin Youth Leadership exists to prepare young people, especially those from under-resourced families and communities, for success as individuals and as active, responsible citizens through innovative tennis, education, life skills, and leadership development programming. TMYL provides a variety of programs year-round and serves youth 4-5 days a week. Through both our registered and outreach programs, TMYL has reached over 1500 youth in January - September 2018.
The organization has strong relationships with many community partners, including Lansing Parks and Recreation, Lansing School District, and MSU Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement.
In March 2018, TMYL launched two programs in partnership with the Lansing School Distrcit, including Late Start Wednesday and Lunch Time tennis.The goal of the programs is to provide at-risk youth with athletic and life experiences that foster educational gains. It achieves this goal in the following ways:
Provides an introduction to the sport of tennis to students who otherwise may not have been exposed to the sport. Youth interest and participation in tennis is growing in the United States, and tennis is among the top nine most popular school sports that girls and boys participate in at the high school level (National Federation of State High School Associations, 2012).
Allows the school district to augment its strained physical education program (students only receive physical education 8 times a year) to provide a structured program to students and assures parents who participate in before-school programs that their children will participate in a safe sport, overseen by an adult instructor.
Engages both girls and boys through tennis, facilitating healthy competition and building relationships. This will aid in the reduction of disciplinary issues that have arisen in schools due to a lack of physical activity and structured play.