Vanguard Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which has facilitated programs for youth in the Phoenix, AZ metro area since 2016. 

Our mission statement is simply "enhancing young lives through recreation".   

JOAD Program

In 2018, we began our Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program which is part of a nationwide program through USA Archery. JOAD provides youth up to 20 years of age a platform to learn and develop archery skills to compete in local and national tournaments. Archery provides the opportunity to participate in a sport which is centered around goal setting, develops problem solving skills, increases focus, builds confidence and helps create friendships that will last a lifetime.


Our club, like many others throughout the country is facilitated by a certified coach and instructor(s) through weekly sessions for members and open to new comers of all ages. Participating athletes' progress will be tracked through specific training plans and USA Archery Achievement awards to serve as milestones as they develop.

Whether your child's interest is purely recreational or an Olympic, Paralympic, or World Championship dream, USA Archery's JOAD program is tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals.


Coaching Philosophy

In all aspects of life, the chances of experiencing positive outcomes is increased when we develop a consistent mental process that is accessible on demand (especially under pressure) and reinforces principled action for optimal performance. Our coaching philosophy is centered on this concept: "Fortune favors the prepared mind"

Our Team

Our Team

Kylon Gresham


USA Archery Level 3 NTS Coach

Onnie Shellman

Vice President

USA Archery Level 1 Instructor

Lateef Gresham


John Hite

Community Liaison

Shamekia Thompson

Fundraising Coordinator

Glynn Gresham

USA Archery Level 1 Instructor

Sponsors & Community Partners

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