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We focus on out-of-school time, meaning those hours before and after school as well as summers, weekends, and during school vacations.

The average student spends 80% of their waking hours outside the classroom. These are the hours when students are at risk of losing academic skills, being a victim of violent crime, gaining weight by not being physically active, and engaging in risky behaviors. The Andy Roddick Foundation works to transform this time into hours of opportunity, and high-quality out-of-school time programs can have a positive and lasting effect on students by keeping them safe, engaged, and active.

 

We understand that talent is universal but opportunity is not, and we know that opportunity matters.

Children in low-income communities consistently have less opportunities to learn outside the classroom than their better-off peers do. By addressing this ongoing opportunity gap that exists between lower income students and their peers, all students can grow, thrive, and succeed.

 

Because students spend almost 80% of their waking hours outside the classroom, we want to focus on those hours of opportunity outside of school.

To do this, the Andy Roddick Foundation continues to implement our strategy in 2015. This includes building high-quality summer learning opportunities, making investments in effective after school and summer programs, and partnering with others to collectively impact that future of students in the Austin community by ensuring they have access to a continuum of high-quality opportunities outside the school day. This is all designed to build resilient students that have the skills, traits, and opportunities needed to reach their full potential.