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The Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization established in 1993 and located in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Our mission is to give children a healthy and fun alternative to gangs and drugs, through tennis.

We stress education as well as tennis—our motto is “from the courts to college.”


The Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program is a partner with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as part of their Community Tennis Association (CTA) and National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) programs.

Community Tennis Associations are not-for-profit grassroots organizations which foster the growth of tennis in their local communities.

The National Junior Tennis and Learning program members provide free or low-cost tennis, education and life skills programming to children.

The Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program is proud to be a member of both of these outstanding USTA programs which contribute greatly to our communities by promoting the sport of tennis.

NJTP also works with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) for certification and continuing education of our tennis instructors.  All of NJTP’s senior instructors are USPTA and/or PTR certified.


In 2004 we were given the “Member Organization of the Year Award” from the Southern California Tennis Association. NJTP President Steve Tscherne received the West Los Angeles “Volunteer of the Year Award” from United Parcel Service in 2006.

We have graced the cover of Southern California Golf and Tennis Magazine and the SCTA newsletter, and articles on our program have appeared in the LA Times, Daily News, Tennis Week, and Inside Tennis Magazine.


We currently teach six days a week, twelve months a year. Our students’ ages range from 3 to 18. We have introduced tennis to thousands of children over our 26-year history.

We serve families from many cities in the northeast San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas, including:

  • Sylmar
  • San Fernando
  • Granada Hills
  • Northridge
  • Mission Hills
  • North Hills
  • Burbank
  • Valencia
  • Santa Clarita

Currently close to a hundred kids are enrolled in our youth program. We offer partial and full scholarships to students who qualify.


Ideally we would like to cover the costs of our program through class fees alone; however, in order to keep the cost of our lessons affordable, we subsidize by holding one fundraiser a year — our Bike/Walk-A-Thon event, held in conjunction with St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.  The funds we raise at this event help us to offer scholarships and tournament assistance to students in our program who need this help.

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