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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, International, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange, Sports, Youth Development

Mission: 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.

Results: 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%.

Target demographics: 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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1200

Geographic areas served: USA: Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Greeley, CO; Oakland, CA International: Granada, Nicaragua; Kampala, Uganda; Afghanistan Women's National Team; Nepal Past Programs in: Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, South Africa, Zambia, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles

Programs: 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

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soccer has the power to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to bond over acommon interest. Soccer Without Borders is a wonderful organization that harnesses that quality for the benefit of Boston's youth. As a coach, I've watched the players start the program playing as individuals and finish playing as a team. The kids build confidence, establish long-lasting friendships, and learn to respect each other and different cultures, all while having a lot of fun. Soccer Without Borders is an asset to the community.

Janet143

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned of SWB when my daughter had the opportunity to intern in the Nicaragua program. I was fortunate enough to travel there and see for myself how the volunteers were immersed in the community and their work. Their dedication to the girls and the program overall is incredible. They do extraordinary work engaging the young girls through the game of soccer. The benefits go far beyond the game of soccer. A real partnership between the girls and coaches develops in the supportive atmosphere that is created allowing them to confidently pursue their goals. The young girls go forth to be role models and leaders in their community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The dedication of the Soccer Without Borders staff never ceases to amaze me. They truly believe in the power of their work to affect change, and that conviction leads to success, on the field and off!

Kerri9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My roommate currently works for SWB. She was a prior volunteer with the Uganda program after she graduated college. Since then, I have witnessed all the hard work she has put in to making SWB as successful as possible. Over the past few years, I have met the staff of SWB and many of their program participants. I have also attended numerous fundraising and award functions. Everyone I have met in the process is an inspiration. It is amazing to see soccer bring together such a diverse group of people.