November 2008 Prospects: Rankings: Organization Top 10 Prospects: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects

Aaron Hicks made the list again for Baseball America.  This time as the top prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization.  Aaron Hicks, an Urban Youth Academy regular who signed his first professional contract with the Twins at the Urban Youth Academy, has excelled in the Twins organization.


Aaron Hicks

Aaron was back in the LA area this November for the 3rd Annual Urban Youth Academy Celebrity Golf Tournament at the beautiful Pacific Palms resort.  Aaron took part in a round of golf with fellow Urban Youth Academy regular, Anthony Gose who is in the Philadelphia Phillies Organization

We congratulate Aaron for this recognition and continue to support him in his endeavors.

To read more about the Baseball America Top Prospects list, please visit: Aaron Hicks

Thanksgiving Holiday Closure Dates – UPDATED

Good morning from the Urban Youth Academy.  

This week at the Academy, we will be CLOSED WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 26TH through THURSDAY ,NOVEMBER 28TH. 

We will reopen for workouts and instruction on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH. 

Instruction on Friday, November 29th through Sunday, November 30th will be available from 10am-4pm.  Please consult with your coach for exact details.

Please refer to the calendar below for more details on daily activities.  Please be aware that the Calendar is a work in progress and changes will be made according to new instructionals and workouts.


Urban Youth Academy requests your help!

UYA Softball

Good Evening from the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA.  As the year winds down, baseball and softball instruction is heating up. 

The Softball program has been growing by leaps and bounds in just past few weeks and now we are dire need of girls softball equipment. 

There has been so much excitement and participation by the local youth, that the Academy now has a serious shortage of girls softball equipment.

We are asking all those who have supported the Urban Youth Academy to join us once again and help the Urban Youth Academy in providing the necessary equipment for the more than 90 young ladies who participate to have the chance to play this great game.
Soft toss
We are looking for:

  • Girls’ softball bats
  • Girls Softball gloves
  • Girls softballs
  • Batting helmets with masks
  • Catching gear
  • Elbow and knee padding

If you have any of this equipment, new or used, please contact Zee Aguilar at 310-763-3479 ext 0 or Darren Smith at 310-763-3479 ext 5 to make arrangements for dropping off or just come by the Academy Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm to drop off the equipment.

Front soft tossWe want to thank you in advance for taking the time to read this and we ask humbly for your generous donations that will make our softball program a great success!
Hitting instruction

And remember, please sign up for the Urban youth Academy mailing list.  This list will be used to communicate future events and academy updates!

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Young Scholars Visit Academy Nov. 20, 2008

Today, over a hundred kids from The Young Scholars Program visited the Urban Youth Academy. The Program is an after-school enrichment program that helps young boys in the fifth and sixth grades by providing them with mentors, speakers and field trips, strategies for resolving conflicts, and generally helping them stay focused on doing well in school.

The program has been in effect for years throughout the Compton School District. The kids had a lot of fun! Compton Police Officer and Urban Youth Academy Instructor, Lorenzo Gray, lead the program by talking to the kids about the Academy and introducing them to the different instructional programs we offer for kids in their age range.

Coach Lorenzo introduced Kenny Landreaux a Former Major Leaguer with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Academy Hitting Coach.  Kenny spoke to the kids about the importance of staying in school. The kids also received pep talks from Academy Instructors and Minor Leaguers, Marques Williams, Marvin Lowrance and Andrew Toussaint.

They were also treated to a demonstration of baseball skills by players from Compton Community College. 

We would like to thank everyone involved in the program for bringing the kids to the Academy. It was a treat to have them visit us. Enjoy the pictures.
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Prep Notebook: The Daily Breeze

Simpson to Concordia

San Pedro softball player Bryana Simpson will sign a national letter of intent with Concordia University, an NAIA school in Irvine, on Dec. 5 in a signing ceremony at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton.

Simpson, a speedy outfielder, also had offers from Marist and Howard University, but decided on Concordia because of the small-school Christian atmosphere and the fact it is considered an NAIA power.

“It was so close to home and I loved it,” Simpson said. “It’s a Christian school, everyone was so nice there and I felt really safe there. I liked the small community. It felt homey.”

Simpson will be the first softball player from the Urban Youth Academy to sign a college scholarship.

Urban Youth Academy Calendar of Events – NEW!!!!

Good evening from the Urban Youth Academy!  In our continued effort to communicate the activities at the Urban Youth Academy, we have created an interactive calendar that will be updated continually. 

This calendar should include all the activities that have been announced and future events. 

You can print this calendar with the handy Print icon at the top left.  You can subscribe to the calendar at the bottom left (only if you have a Google Account). 

Here is the web address just in case you need it.


New Urban Youth Academy Mailing List

Hello again from the Urban Youth Academy! In an attempt to make it easier for everyone to join our mailing list and stay up-to-date with all the happenings and events with the Urban Youth Academy, we are establishing a mailing list using Google Groups. 

To join the mailing list, all you need to do is type in your email address and click subscribe.  You will be instructed on how to proceed.

You can subscribe/unsubscribe at any time.

We hope this enhances your experience with the Urban Youth Academy and creates a better flow of information.

As always, all events will be posted on the blog.

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3rd Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament Pictures

Happy Sunday to all.  This Friday was the Urban Youth Academy’s 3rd Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at the beautiful Pacific Palms resort in Industry hills, CA.  BTW, if you haven’t been out to the Pacific Palms Resort, you got to go. Some of the most majestic views in all of Los Angeles with great food, great golf courses, and fantastic service. 

Here are the pictures from the day’s activities and our great dinner!,Golftournament,PacificPalms
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