MISSION & PRIMARY ACTIVITIES:
THE UNDERGROUND empowers young people to build physical and mental strength for life by providing access to a network of community-based fitness programs and mentorship.
We use fitness to teach imperative life skills like perseverance, grit, determination, resilience, and confidence through teamwork, leadership, and goal setting to prepare our athletes to face the challenges life throws their way with grace, maturity, and strength.
In other words, we expect everyone involved with THE UNDERGROUND to have GRIT:
Growth - Rebound from challenges, keep learning, and strive
to be your best
Respect - Treat everyone well, value and accept yourself and others where they are
Integrity - Do the right thing, commit to excellence, and be a role model for others
Teamwork - Encourage and motivate others, collaborate, and give back
Who We Serve
At THE UNDERGROUND, we serve youth who would not otherwise have access to the services we provide. Many of our athletes are facing one or more of the following challenges:
Youth coming from under-resourced families or neighborhoods
Youth out-of-school, including youth out-of-school facing unemployment
Youth in or aging out of foster care
Youth experiencing homelessness
Youth who may need an alternative pathway educational environment (at-risk to leave secondary school without a diploma)
Why We Exist
We believe in the next generation and their potential to change the world. Yet many young people do not have the same access to resources as others. Without access to resources, it’s often hard to see the bigger picture or the path forward.
By providing a critical network of support and imperative skills, we help empower our athletes to tackle the challenges and continued barriers they face outside of our program. Through a foundation of functional fitness and strength training, we open their eyes to new perspectives by challenging their limits. We support them in setting goals and breaking them.
Most importantly, we help them realize they are strong and capable while giving them the confidence to grow into adulthood.