Criteria for New Member Programs

If you are interested in launching a new urban squash program, your organization must meet all of the following criteria before you can submit an application to join SEA.

Programming

EnrollmentEnroll at least 20 children in year-round programming

Long-Term Program – Provide all participants with year-round support from the time that they join in elementary and middle school through college graduation, or the age of 24.

School-Year Sessions – Run required programming at least five days a week throughout the school year, with participating students attending required, program-led, academic and/or squash sessions at least three days a week

School-Year Weekends – Run practices or events on at least half of school-year weekends

School-Year Academics and Squash – Provide participants with 100+ hours of regularly scheduled, supervised academic support and 100+ hours of regularly scheduled, supervised squash instruction throughout the school year (i.e. 4 hours of squash and 4 hours of academics a week for 30 weeks)

Academics – Track and support students’ school performance

Summers – Ensure that 70% of your elementary, middle, and high school students participate in 20+ days of summer programming (academic, athletic, professional or other enriching summer experiences not directly run by the program count toward a student’s total)

Community Service – Require students to participate in 10+ hours of community service and/or health and wellness programming each year; students must complete a minimum of five hours of community service annually

Population – Enroll students from schools that have a student body of which at least 70% is eligible for the federal government’s free lunch program (if required, other data may be used to demonstrate economic need)

Attendance and Retention – Record attendance daily and track student attrition

Child Safety and Protection – Have a child safety and protection policy that is reviewed annually with staff and that addresses appropriate training and screening of volunteers, including background checks

Leadership, Finances, and Administration

Staff – Employ at least one full-time staff member

Board of Directors Have a Board of Directors with 100% giving whose contributions account for at least one third of the program’s operating budget

Community – Be located in a community with enough underutilized squash courts or potential facilities, and enough fundraising potential, that the organization can grow financially and someday serve 50-100 students with a full-time staff of three or more people

Balance Sheet Have at least two-thirds of the year’s operating budget in the bank in the four months leading up to the application’s submission

Budgets Possess projected budgets for two years of operation and track revenues and expenses

Staff Evaluation – Provide at least 1 formal, written review of all full-time staff, including the Executive Director

Insurance Own directors and officers, liability and other appropriate insurance policies

Transportation – Possess a sound transportation plan

Partnerships – Develop and maintain strong partnerships with families, school(s), volunteers, and facility partners

Vision for Growth – Have an articulated vision for program and organizational growth for the next five years