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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Performing Arts, Physical Fitness & Community Recreational Facilities, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: America scores cleveland inspires urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

Programs: Core soccer programming for grades 3-5 poet-athletes (students from partnering cleveland metropolitan schools) meet with their soccer coaches for soccer practices and games during afterschool hours three days per week for 20 weeks of the school year, utilizing the america scores soccer curriculum. This curriculum emphasizes character-building skills such as leadership, teamwork and commitment, daily lessons end with discussion promoting healthy behaviors, self-esteem, goal setting and school stewardship. Poet-athletes play games between america scores schools at school sites and other community locations once per week. Program years begin and end with community soccer events. During fy17, 304 students in grades 3-5 were engaged in the core soccer programming. 75% of participants improved on the pacer test in the number of shuttles run from their pre- to post-assessment. 92% of parents stated that the amount of time that their child spends exercising increased since joining scores.

core writing programming for grades 3-5 poet-athletes (students from partnering cleveland metropolitan schools) meet with their writing coaches for creative writing workshops during afterschool hours two days per week for 20 weeks of the school year. In the fall, poet-athletes are engaged in the "power of poetry" curriculum. The fall season ends with a poetry slam. The spring writing curriculum, "writing for the community", focuses on service-learning, where poet- athletes select a community issue and then work as a team to implement a service project. The spring season ends with a presentation of community projects. During fy17, 304 students in grades 3-5 were engaged in the core writing program. 76% of participants improved on the 6+1 trait writing assessment from pre to post test. An external evaluator added these comments: "the most noticeable gain was in the trait of ideas. Students went from writing to please the teacher to writing about topics that were meaningful to them. These topics included gender equality, violence in their neighborhoods, loss of friends, and loving parents. Students who wrote about such meaningful topics maintained a clear focus and included relevant details which held the reader's attention. Students experimented with alliteration and similes which created a more powerful and engaging message. "

additional programming additional programming includes jr. Scores for grades 1-2 and middle school programming for grades 6-8, with both programs running four days a week for 20 weeks each school year at our partner schools. Alumni programming for grades 9-12 was hosted approximately once monthly and included educational and college/career readiness events, and provided opportunities for leadership roles through volunteering and/or paid internships including soccer game referees and assistant writing/soccer coaches. Summer programming was hosted in partnership with various nonprofit organizations and schools in the cleveland area over a six-week period. During fy17, 138 students were engaged in the jr. Scores program. 98% of participants improved or stayed the same (identified all 50 words correctly on both their pre-and post-assessments) on their dolch sight word assessment. 98 middle school students were engaged in soccer and writing programming. "my favorite part of scores is putting my feelings in writing. " ari a. , grade 8, campus international school. 19 high school students were engaged in the alumni program. 316 cleveland youth were engaged in summer programming at seven different locations.

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