Soccer Without Borders
Rating: 5 stars 17 17 reviews
9 Waterhouse St. Cambridge MA 02138 USA
Soccer Without Borders uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success.
In the past year, SWB has worked with 1200 youth from 43 countries at core, seasonal and camp programs. Additionally, SWB engaged 1500 youth through outreach and one-day events. SWB’s mission of facilitating growth, inclusion and personal success for newcomer youth is made possible by the quantity of direct hours invested at our programs (average core participants spend 12-15 hours/week with SWB). That depth of programming creates a team environment where youth can experience: Growth 85% of core participants surveyed agree that because of coming to SWB they feel more comfortable expressing themselves 83% of core participants surveyed agree that because of coming to SWB they make healthier choices Inclusion 92% of core participants surveyed agree that because of coming to SWB they feel more comfortable around people who are different from them and 94% agree that because of SWB they had made new friends Personal Success In 2012, 67% of middle schoolers and 86.7% of high schoolers improved their grades at SWB Baltimore. In the same year, 47.6% of participants qualified for their schools’ honor roll. Since 2007, 94% of regular SWB USA participants have graduated high school compared to the national average of 60%.
SWB USA creates positive team communities for newcomer refugee, asylee and immigrant youth. Each year, close to 80,000 refugees and 500,000 immigrants arrive in the US seeking peace and a chance for a better future. Newcomer youth are one of the most vulnerable populations in the seven US cities where SWB programs operate. Not only are these youth navigating a new culture and language, their often-traumatic backgrounds create significant barriers to traditional models of academic and social “success.” The difficulty of integration is compounded by many unfortunate social realities that exist in the communities where SWB programs operate. The combination of poverty, urban violence, and cultural isolation lead many newcomer to youth to feel hopeless, with a National school drop-out rate of more than 40%. SWB International focuses on engaging populations that are traditionally excluded or marginalized, with a particular emphasis on engaging girls.
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Geographic areas served:
USA: Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Greeley, CO; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Oakland, CAI nternational: Granada, Nicaragua; Kampala, UgandaPast Programs in: Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, South Africa, Zambia
USA: Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Greeley, CO; Oakland, CA International: Granada, Nicaragua; Kampala, Uganda Past Programs in: Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, South Africa, Zambia, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles
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I was connected to Soccer Without Borders in 2011. Since then I have had the chance to visit their Nicaragua and Boston programs and work with a variety of coaches, program staff, kids, and families. The program supports communities in a holistic way that provides opportunities to matter and get involved, along with the additional social services that are vital to the success of newcomer families and youth, along with girls (who so rarely get the chance to play sports, especially abroad).
I take students from the University of Idaho to Nicaragua each summer to study global health and community development. We spend an afternoon and evening with Soccer Without Borders in Granada. Each time I am so impressed with how capable and committed the volunteers are and how much they are doing to enhance the life of Nicaraguan girls. They are terrific role models for my students and provide fresh insight into the rich rewards that come from committing yourself to service.
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