Beat the Streets Providence was founded as a non-profit in the summer of 2013. Since then with the official support of our school district partners and community partners - such as the Providence After School Alliance - we have expanded to 7 Providence Middle Schools, 3 Providence High Schools, 2 Central Falls Middle Schools, and one community center program at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center. Over the past three years we have been able to provide wrestling, mentoring, academic support, health and wellness program, and a reason to stay in school to 700+ students and now, in the 2018-19 school year alone we will reach 500 students.
Beat the Streets Providence starts after school wrestling teams which provide both youth development and academic support. We use wrestling instruction and competition as an incentive for the most at-risk students, who otherwise would not choose to participate in after- school programming, to learn the study and life habits they need to succeed. We draw the students in to learn about how to study, persevere in school and in life, and hear the stories and experience of their adult community mentors to expand their own conception of who they can become.
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