CitySquash provides academic enrichment, school support, high school and college preparation, and squash instruction and practice after school and on weekends. The goal of the program is to have squash help participants gain entry to elite high schools and colleges. CitySquash has found that its participants are in the minority at these predominately White institutions and that their encounters with wealth and privilege there can give way to feelings of marginalization and trauma. Building its capacity to better serve these youth, CitySquash will develop a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) curriculum to be integrated in all areas of its programming. To sustain this work, CitySquash will have regularly scheduled conversations with staff throughout the year about DEI and will develop workshops focused on transitions for students entering elite institutions.
This grant will support improvements to CitySquash’s programming for youth of color in the Bronx and Brooklyn.