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The neighbourhood basketball association (nba) is a community-based, charitable organization established in response to critical community needs. Our mission is to use targeted street outreach to improve the life outcomes for high-risk, criminalized, Black youth by providing or connecting them with free or low-cost educational, recreational and social development opportunities.

Our purpose is to prevent and address problems faced by high-risk Black youth, such as delinquency, substance abuse, violence, and academic barriers, by providing counseling, workshops, athletics, scholarships and educational programs.

Using basketball as an outreach and engagement tool, our objective is to help high-risk youth, particularly Black youth, increase their chances of leading successful lives by preventing academic failure and/or initial or repeated contact with the criminal justice system by providing:

1. academic tutoring/instruction;
2. academic scholarships and bursaries;
3. educational workshops; and
4. personal counseling

Past experience has shown that the sport of basketball is an effective outreach and engagement tool as it is affordable and the sport of choice for many youth, particularly Black youth, residing in low-income communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

The coach-player bond as well as relationships with youth spectators that are cultivated through community basketball games, drop-in programs, clinics and camps, creates an atmosphere where youth feel comfortable enough to communicate their challenges and needs, which has guided us in determining the appropriate services and resources to offer.