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For Janyssa Berrios, 17, Beat the Streets Lancaster has provided an outlet for her energy and an opportunity to engage her passion for wrestling.
Janyssa, a senior at McCaskey High School, has been wrestling with the organization for a little over a year.
"I wanted to wrestle for them because they offered me many windows and opportunities," she says. "They gave me great exposure and access to beneficial and intense practices with other great coaches to gain more knowledge and skill from."
Through the program, she had the opportunity to wrestle this summer with the national girls wrestling team and, after graduation, she plans to continue to wrestle in college.
Beat the Streets began in the summer of 2016, growing from about 70 kids involved in the first season to more than 200 students last year.
It is one of more than 500 local organizations hoping to benefit from the generosity of Lancaster County donors in this year's Extraordinary Give.
"Beat the Streets was founded to provide a means to empower youth of Lancaster city and surrounding areas through involvement in sport," says Josh Feldman, executive director. "We target low-income and at-risk kids, but welcome any and every one ... Beat the Streets is primarily a youth organization that simply uses the sport of wrestling as the vehicle to teach and motivate kids to realize their potential in life."
The organization works to remove obstacles to participation, from cost to equipment, he says, noting that funds from the Extra Give will allow the organization to continue to operate and expand.
"Our programming is constantly growing and evolving to include academic assistance, career mentoring and even job placement for high school age athletes," Feldman says.
Donations will benefit programs including a free youth summer camp, high school training camps and girls-only training, and will provide free shoes to any youth participant in need.
"Beat the Streets is a great program, especially for females," Janyssa says. "Everyone involved will help you get your start, care about you and will provide you with many opportunities."
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