|Mentoring, Academics, Computers & Healthy Recreation!|
MACH Academy, Inc. is a community based non-profit 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Code. The organization is incorporated in Georgia and South Carolina and is affiliated with the United States Tennis Association-National Junior Tennis & Learning (USTA/NJTL).
MACH Academy was founded in April 1992 by Michael Harden and Chike Amobi. Since that time, MACH Academy has been providing educational and recreational programs and services to children and youth, ages 3 to 18, in the Central Savannah River Area. Special emphasis is given to children and youth living in public assisted and low/moderate income housing communities who are at risk for academic failure and unhealthy lifestyles.
MACH’s educational and recreational programs provide participants with an alternative to negative peer pressure which often leads to low self-esteem, poor behavior, violence, substance abuse, crime and teenage pregnancy. Programs and services provided by MACH Academy act as an ounce of prevention by providing organized after school and summer camp sessions for at risk children and youth.
MACH Academy has received strong community support and provides vital programs to area residents and serves as a valuable resource for family housing, skill learning, health education and recreation.
MACH Academy uses technology, education, and tennis/fitness instruction as a means to get children’s attention while inspiring them to become academic achievers, champion athletes and responsible citizens through empathetic outreach to others.
Why MACH Academy? Because we…
Provide CRCT, ACT, SAT and High School Graduation Testing Prep activities
Support Homeownership for low and moderate-income families
Facilitate Community Development
Encourage participants to develop computer skills to help bridge the digital divide
Provide multi-cultural camps (Masters Week and during the summer)
Provide tutoring as a community service to encourage academic success
Weave the nationally recognized USTA NJTL First Serve Life Skills and other model curriculum into all program offerings to emphasize and encourage positive character development, a sense of belonging and personal achievement.
Help Increase self-esteem, awareness and personal confidence through prevention sessions.
Provide after-school Book and Chess Clubs to stimulate reading/critical thinking
Provide opportunities for participation in local, state, and national educational,
technological and tennis competitions
Provide nutrition and fitness sessions to encourage healthy lifestyles
Seek opportunities to strengthen and build outreach community collaborations
Utilize qualified instructors and teachers to serve as positive mentors/role models
Provide career exploration and college planning sessions
Serve a diverse population to encourage positive peer interaction
Provide a nurturing environment where teasing and bullying are not allowed; where gender equity is a reality; and differences are acknowledged and respected
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to participate in volunteer opportunities that help support the organization and individual participant success.
Provide opportunities for celebrations to showcase newly learned skills
Encourage participants to develop tennis skills to help pave the way for college
scholarships and entrance to colleges across the country.