The NJTL Capacity Building Program gives NJTL chapters the ability to strengthen and develop a roadmap for their organization to have a long-term impact. Capacity Building is an organizational development course for chapters within the NJTL network composed of grassroots youth tennis and education programs. Launched on the national level in 2014, the program is currently composed of four cohorts, one on the national level, two on the USTA Section level and one within a USTA District.

NJTLs complete a two-stage competitive screening to earn a spot in each three-year Capacity Building Cohort and receive ongoing assessment via various quantitative and qualitative methods. Each chapter is assigned an Account Manager who mentors and guides them through multiple monthly deliverables/exercises, and both staff and Board Members of the chapters attend bi-annual trainings.  

Cohort members complete a multi-stage vetting process and receive ongoing assessment via various quantitative and qualitative methods. On the national level, the three-year program of study focuses on developing Executive Directors and Board Chairs. 

Through workshops, on-going intensive training, and expert guidance, local USTA Foundation NJTL chapters grow stronger and more sustainable. The USTAF have supported more than 50 NJTL chapters that have impacted 95,000 kids.





Launched in 2014, the inaugural Capacity Building Cohort succeeded in assisting 29 chapters.

  • 76% of the 2014 Cohort increased their NJTL budget
  • 66% increased their NJTL Star Level
  • 5 chapters achieved the highest NJTL Star Level of Four Stars
  • Additional increases in weeks of programming, partnerships, participants and staffing
  • The cohort increased its capacity across 5 benchmarks measured annually for leadership capacity, learning capacity, management capacity, operational capacity and tennis capacity

Key Areas of Growth and Training

1. Organizational Identity

2. Strategic Thinking and Planning

3. Tennis & Educational Programming

4. Organizational Development

5. Human Capital

6. Evaluation & Assessment

Special thanks to the Manitou Fund: NMH Silo, ESPN, and Grace & Mercy Foundation for their incredible support.
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Learn more about the program by watching our Capacity Building Virtual Graduation. Join our partners in supporting the Capacity Building program by making a donation.