Beat the Streets is a collection of city based non-profit organization that improve opportunities for underprivileged youth in communities across America by motivating a passion for exceptional work, honesty, teamwork, and persistence through the sport of wrestling. Beat the Streets serves over 6,200 youth and 208 teams a year in 8 major cities (New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Providence, Lancaster, Cleveland, and Boston) and the program is looking to expand. As of 2018, Beat the Streets donors has invested fifteen million dollars into the sport of wrestling.
When a great opportunity presents itself, often times there are unconsidered challenges. The best programs build 3-5 year plans for growth, plan their revenue and donation needs, and build out support for their afterschool sites slowly and strategically with a long-term plan to support an entire local city or region that is underserved to wrestling. This plan to support the sport in an entire region is what separates Beat the Streets programs from individual clubs. Our focus is first on creating access and using high quality coaching and mentorship, as well as empowering the local community, to leave a deep impact on the kids our programs serve.
The board of directors is the governing body of individuals who collectively support the mission of the organization by focusing on strategic development and fundraising goals. They build the foundational structure of the organization in order to achieve these goals and grow the organization. The most critical skills to a strong board of directors is the ability to develop resources as well as strategically govern the non-profit and its staff.
Operating at Scale; Across the nation there are many amazing coaches doing incredible work. Often times these coaches work in some of the most challenging communities and barriers get in their way; the funding to get kids transportation to events, equipment so kids can have pride in their participating on a team, the resources to provide a safe place to play. Or even a place to play. Beat the Streets works hard with local supporters and community leaders to eliminate these barriers so coaches can be empowered to focus on what they are great at, inspiring and helping kids. Beat the Streets differentiates itself from other SBYD clubs because it raises funds and strives to eliminate barriers at a regional scale, supporting the growth of opportunities and access to the sport of wrestling in an entire region. Several of the founding Beat the Streets programs were founded around pre-existing wrestling clubs or afterschool sites and the work was expanded to encompass a region.