ABOUT US

Ubiquity Youth Alliance is the successor to the Quest Youth Development Program, a nonprofit organization founded in 1998 to provide youth and young adults aged 12-25 with a variety of social, cultural, recreational and educational programs. Since its founding, Quest successfully implemented community and school-based academic and enrichment programs that have contributed to the personal growth and academic performance of many young people in the Southern Marin community and broader San Francisco Bay Area.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to help students define and accomplish their goals, develop character, build self-confidence, and to develop positive peer relationships. We seek to provide students with the knowledge they need to reach their goals and aspirations. We seek to provide an environment that will provide each student with the best possible opportunity to experience personal growth both on interpersonal and intrapersonal levels.

We want our young people to develop a sense of self, to feel connected to their community, and to develop partnerships with caring adults. These critical life skills serve youth well.

Our team

Our philosophy

Provide opportunities for enhancing the lives of individual students.

We recognize and celebrate that each student is unique and distinctive. We create an environment of mutual respect and non-judgement while embracing diversity.

 

Provide the best possible opportunity to help students define and accomplish their individual goals.

Staff and volunteers provide the necessary one-on-one support to each individual and we utilize best practices in our program approach, our partnerships and our collaborative efforts.

Appreciate that all students, all goals and all interests are equally important.

Staff, volunteers and students help create and maintain a safe environment that allows all students to feel equally important and feel the freedom to express themselves and their ideas openly and freely.

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Tam Beacon Center Project

The Tam Beacon Center project goal is to offer opportunities, services and activities

that foster the healthy development of children, youth, families, and communities. The

Beacon Center works in partnership with Tamalpais High School to meet the needs of

its students and the surrounding community. Our intent is to provide a comprehensive

program environment where youth feel safe, are encouraged to succeed, and learn to

build a sense of community. The Tam Beacon Center is based on the conceptual

strategies of the New York and San Francisco Beacon Center models and will provide

enrichment, tutorial and recreational programs and services to underserved youth.

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Our Youth Development Approach

The aim of youth development programs is to provide experiences through which young people learn to navigate the world in pursuit of positive goals. Youth development programs go far beyond programs intended to prevent remediate specific behaviors that put young people “at-risk”. We embrace youth development practices that are designed to achieve high-quality experiences for young people. We seek to create programs that allow youth to demonstrate creative and practical skills.

Our Youth Development Approach

  • Caring Relationship
  • Life Skills
  • Leadership Development
  • Citizenship
  • Find Their Passion

We seek to develop programs that:

Foster sustained and supportive relationships with peers and caring adults.

Caring Relationship

Teach young people skills for productive adulthood.

Life Skills

Create opportunities for them to participate in program design and leadership.

Leadership Development

Help them get involved in their communities.

Citizenship

Expose them to new ideas that ignite their interests and passion; and, are culturally appropriate.

Find their passion

Testimonials

This summer was really about each member of our team identifying our strengths and improving our skills. Mike really wanted us to be seen and to prove that we came to play. This experience really was amazing and our team really developed an unbreakable bond.

Ruby Bowser Mill Valley, California

Meeting and training with exchange players from all over the world this summer was life changing. It was inspiring to train with girls who love the sport and who are so dedicated. These girls were role models for the younger girls, and for me, and I know that we’ll be friends for a long time. Also I’d like to especially thank Mike and Stefan for being at every practice to get us ready for the important tournaments that everyone hoped might change the future for our players. Thank you to everyone who put work into creating this amazing program. I think I’m speaking for all of the travel team players when I say that it had a positive effect on our lives in general, not just our basketball lives.

Kimi Wu Mill Valley, California

Every coach here, especially Mike, went above and beyond for every single player this summer. It was because of them that we got a chance to play in front of as many college coaches as possible and to really show them what we’ve got, and for that I am extremely grateful. This is definitely a one of a kind experience that I’m really happy I got to be a part of. Mike, I don’t think you realize how grateful I am for all your effort and hard work that you put in to this program to make it happen.

Sophie Melin Stockholm, Sweden

The Story

I have coached boys and girls basketball and football for over twenty-five years. This year when I brought back my AAU basketball program to the Southern Marin community, I envisioned the inclusion of “Sister Programs” from other countries. It has always been a dream of mine to connect young people around the world through a sports and cultural exchange program. Having coached basketball in Oslo, Norway, as well as having a son and numerous connections throughout Europe, including former Tam MCAL Hall of Fame player, Kolya Hardy who works at the Central Basket YMCA in Stockholm, I began building the exchange component of the program in Sweden, Norway, and Holland.

 

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