Gateway Neighborhood Center is the home of Sunnyvale PAL, MVVC, Reach Potential & other nonprofits
The Sunnyvale Police Activities League (PAL) exists to build and strengthen relationships between youth and public safety officers in our community through providing athletic and extracurricular opportunities that otherwise would not be accessible to the participants. In 2003, PublicSafety Officer Jose Ramirez started an afterschool boxing program for middle school youth. The program flourished serving more than 700 students over the next three years until the facility they were using became unavailable. The club searched for a new home and finally found it at The Gateway Neighborhood Center. The Sunnyvale Boxing Club re-opened in April 2011 to host young boxers seven years old and older. In the first 6 weeks more than 200 youth had registered for the program. Staffing is covered by volunteer coaches and administrative assistants. Each afternoon, Monday through Thursday 25-50 youth and their parents gather to work out and learn boxing techniques.
In the fall of 2010, Sunnyvale Dept of Public Safety partnered with Reach Potential Movement to implement the Sunnyvale Youth Mentoring Program. The pilot project of this program grew from a DPS Crime Prevention Unit pilot program called Youth & Horses, which teaches at-risk high school youth about values through working with horses. The first session of Youth and Horses ran during spring of 2011. In addition to Youth & Horses, the Sunnyvale Youth Mentoring Program continued with the students providing mentoring and partnering with the staff at the boxing program as there was much crossover interest between the programs. SYMP provides quarterly special events and outings such as laser tag, fishing, hiking and horseback riding.
The mission of Mountain View Volleyball Club, a nonprofit 501c3, is to develop student-athletes to reach their highest potential as players, teammates and leaders on and off the volleyball court. Our mission is producing a growing community of youth, parents, coaches and community leaders dedicated to:
1. Developing the total person by balancing the priorities of physical training, academics, community service, play and rest.
2. Training and competing at the highest level in a fun and competitive atmosphere.
3. Championing the sport of volleyball to youth from all backgrounds throughout our region at an affordable price through our competitive and recreational teams, camps and clinics.
4. Providing the top dedicated facility in our region for volleyball, strength training and cultivating community within MVVC and beyond at Gateway Neighborhood Center.
5. Promoting professionalism and continuous education among our coaching staff.
Reach Potential Movement, a nonprofit 501c3, exists to equip youth and families with leadership, learning and life skills to strengthen our community. Reach Potential has several programs for participants and volunteers to strive to reach their highest potential:
Dream4College Project – College inspiration & readiness field trips to Stanford, USC & UC Davis for over 400 low-income youth and parents
Bookshelf in Every Home Project – Early Literacy parent education workshops for 375 Kinder English Language Learning parents to equip them to support their child’s reading development at home.