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Beat The Streets Toledo started as a merger between the Beat The Streets USA Wrestling Program (www.btsusa.org) a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization, and Toledo Public Schools. The mission of the partnership is to empower youth in the greater Toledo area to succeed in life.
As a team, we are offering free athletic training, tutoring and life skills coaching/guidance for young people in the community ages 8-20. We offer training to both boys and girls of the Greater Toledo Area.
We are bringing Beat The Streets to Toledo for many reasons. Toledo Public Schools is the 4th largest public school system in Ohio with over 30,000 students. Recently, many of their programs have been cut, leaving these 30,000 students with no options to take part in athletic activities that have become part of who they are, and a possible ticket to college. That is where Beat The Streets comes in. We are offering many of the sports and activities that have been cut in our area.
Toledo is the 8th poorest city in the nation, with an unemployment rate of 10% and a crime rate that is 1.72 times the national average. Gangs are a big part of this crime rate with an estimated 37 established gangs in Toledo with more than 3,000 members. Beat The Streets Toledo is going to offer these teens alternatives to this dangerous lifestyle. Surveys suggest 93% of Toledo's 7-12th graders have used tobacco, alcohol and/or marijuana at least once.
We offer our students the guidance, knowledge, role models and opportunities to avoid this dangerous path and become champions in life. At Beat The Streets Toledo, sports and activities come second to education. If you don't have the grades, you do not participate until you do. It is that simple. We provide tutoring and all of the individual help each student needs to become academically successful. We also bring in nationally-recognized talent to coach, teach and mentor them.
Beat The Streets Toledo is also proud to announce the Steven Scott Everhart Scholarship Award to be awarded to one Beat The Streets student each year. Please click on our scholarship page for more information.
We truly are a one-of-a-kind organization with one goal in sight; Empower youth in the Greater Toledo area to succeed in life.
You can play an important role in the lives of at-risk youth through your gift of time, talent or treasure. Toledo's future depends on the success these and other young people are able to make of their lives. They are our future, and they depend on the generosity of people like you. If you would like to donate, join, volunteer or just get more information please contact MattMoos@BeatTheStreetsToledo.org .