New HYTEs is a youth development organization dedicated to enriching the lives and positively affecting the futures of children and youth across Greater New Haven’s varied socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Our programs incorporate life skills curriculum and academic supports, and promote both character building and the health benefits of participation in athletics through tennis. Formerly known as New Haven Youth Tennis and Education, we recently completed a rebranding as New HYTEs (pronounced “New Heights”) to more memorably capture our mission of helping kids reach the top through tennis and education.
Tennis is a “lifetime sport” that requires physical and mental toughness while teaching the importance of hard work, perseverance, and sportsmanship. When coupled with education programming, it produces young people who are healthier and more physically active, better students and better citizens.
The individualized attention provided by tutoring is essential for educating students who have fallen behind in school or are at-risk. The tutoring environment opens up a safe space where they can ask questions and process information in an engaged manner. The individualized attention also results in the development of powerful mentor-mentee relationships that benefit students socially as well as academically.
Why life skills?
While “life skills” is an umbrella term that encompasses communication, nutrition, critical thinking, making positive choices and more, this is often the determining factor in our youth reaching a higher quality of life, achieving big goals and living up to their full potential. The development of life skills is fundamentally about helping students develop a better understanding of themselves, of others, and of the world.