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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Sports, Youth Development Programs

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

Target demographics: inspire kids to score goals on the field and achieve goals in the classroom

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400 students

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles

Programs: Soccer program: poet-athletes meet with their soccer coaches for soccer practices and games during afterschool hours three days per week for 20-24 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 discussions 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.

writing workshop:poet-athletes meet with their writing coaches for creative writing workshops during afterschool hours two days per week for 20-24 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.

summer camp:elementary school summer camp operates from 12-3 pm, 5 days a week for 4 weeks. Middle school camp operates from 2-4, 5 days a week, for 1 week and high school camp operates from 4-6, 2 days a week, for 4 weeks. Camp includes creative writing and the arts. Snack is provided.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Vanessa H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

American SCORES LA has shaped me into the person I am today, with all the great work and effort that each and every person in American scores puts into each child is so nice and caring. I have been with this non profit since I was 6 which I am now 20 years old and till this day, America SCORES LA has always been there for each and every one of us.

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lascores Thanks Vanessa, we truly appreciate your kind words and hope you will continue to support our organization.

2 Rodrigo L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LA Scores is a really awesome after school program that combines the grand sport of soccer with a bit of literary skills such as writing poems. Growing up, this program helped me out a lot because the mentors tutored me and help me understand my homework when I had trouble. I met a lot of my friends here through the sport of soccer. LA Scores a lot of help and every parent should take a chance to sign their kids up here because it will help them a lot

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Board Member

Rating: 5

LA Scores is a great organization that provides the opportunity to exercise their bodies, their minds, and their hearts through soccer, creative writing/poetry, and service learning. I've been involved with many youth service organizations over the years and I believe LA Scores' multi-faceted approach is a truly effective way in building the next generation of leaders. I've only recently joined the board but I'm very excited to be a part of helping the organization grow it's reach and impact across Los Angeles!

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lascores 10/25/2017

Thanks John, we're glad to have you serving on our board of directors and look forward to increasing our impact with your support!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The goal of America SCORES LA (ASLA) is not to find the next soccer star, but rather to instill key life lessons about teamwork, confidence, courage, health and wellness, and character, while supporting their development as students and agents for change.

ASLA addresses the need for quality after-school programs in Palms, one of Los Angeles’ socio-economically under-served communities. It provides a dynamic after-school alternative for elementary school boys and girls in an area where youth centers, libraries and parks are noticeably absent and where creative arts and sport programs have largely disappeared in the wake of tight budgets. The program is provided at no cost to the schools, students or parents and consists of three core components, each emphasizing the importance of teamwork: Soccer; Power of Poetry writing workshops; and Writing for the Community service-learning projects.

I am continually inspired by the strength and perseverance of these poet-athletes, many of whom become the first person in their family to attend college, others who have avoided falling into gangs as a result of the support this program provides. Those in the program become like a family, and several student alumni now serve as ASLA coaches, giving back to the same program that changed their lives years earlier.

America SCORES LA changes lives and gives hope, inspiration, a brighter future to hundreds of youth each year.

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lascores 10/25/2017

Many thanks Justin! Wonderful review!! Thank you for your dedicated service to America SCORES LA!

4 Carlos D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love la scores not only do they the most for kids in my community, they also do for alumni like myself. LA Scores gets indoor soccer locations so that we can go play and enjoy a bit of exercise and Soccer. La scores will be there for you wherever you’ve gone.

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lascores 10/25/2017

Thanks Carlos, for everything you do for LA Scores kids at Palms Elementary!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LA scores is an amazing program that I would 10/10 recommend to anyone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first joined America Scores LA when I was in 5th grade. I never played soccer before but I was convinced by one of my fellow peers. It was the first time
I understood what teamwork really meant because immediately we created a family bond amongst our team. We would carry that bond all the way through middle school and high school and even create our own team in a outside soccer league in which we would win championships. America Scores LA taught me the essentials to become a great soccer player as well as a great student. It ensured that we created the best opportunity for our education and pursued our dreams. America Scores LA is a program that will definitely leave a lasting impression for those who become involved with the program.

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lascores 10/25/2017

Thanks Miguel, we appreciate all you do to make America SCORES LA kids be successful on the field and in the classroom!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

An incredibly dedicated and impactful non-profit that is changing lives for the better, and creating future leaders who are inspired to make their communities better.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

America Scores LA provides important leadership, soccer and literary arts opportunities for youth in the Los Angeles area. I initially became involved with ASLA as volunteer and then for many years served as a board member. I was asked to participate on the board because of my previous experience as a youth soccer league commissioner and program manager for an after school program. I can personally attest to the high quality of ASLA’s programming and the dedication and integrity of ASLA’ staff, coaches and instructors. Students who participated in ASLA’s after school programming have thrived academically and have become inspirational mentors and leaders to future generations.

6 Brittany S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

LA Scores has changed my life in many ways. It introduced me to a sport that I never played before, and that spot let was soccer. Soccer helped me develop as a person, with communication skills, and a competitive drive that pushes me through all obstacles. LA Scores also helped me academically, with the creative writing skills I developed at an elementary school age. Throughout my years as a teen, LA Scored as also there to support me in all my activities like high school and college soccer games I have life long memories and appreciation for LA Scores.

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lascores 10/25/2017

Thanks Brittany, for your kind words, we appreciate your taking the time to write a review and hope you will continue to support LA Scores.

5 lsalazar18

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a part of America Scores LA on the first day it started at my elementary school. Being a student with America Scores LA not only taught me to be a better soccer player, but also a better student, a more involved community member, and be very much blessed of being a part of an amazing organization. America Scores LA is like family, and no matter far away I go, I know that I can trace my roots and beginnings back to this organization.

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lascores 10/25/2017

Thanks again Leasly, all of us at America SCORES LA (LA Scores) appreciate your kind words and support of our organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was in the 5th Grade and LA Scores had just started at Palms Elementary. I remember my peers and younger grades began to get involved with this great organization. It had a combination of the love for soccer and a passion to help children tap into their creative mindset. Children here got the best of physical and mental health by training their whole-self to become the best individual they could be. In addition, they provide scholarships to aid children to further their academic goals. My sister was a winner and she was forever grateful to be awarded such an achievement. LA Scores also keeps in touch with their alumni which is great because alumni are giving back to the community that once helped them grow. LA Scores continues to make a presence in the lives of children through soccer, creativity and exposing them to experiences that they will never forget (like meeting their soccer idols, attending soccer camps, or going to a professional soccer match). LA Scores is one of the best nonprofits in the state, if not the country and deserves a great deal of recognition. Keep up the outstanding work!

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lascores 10/25/2017

Thank you Fred for your heartfelt and passionate comments, your support for LA SCORES is clearly evident and we truly appreciate your kind words!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

America SCORES LA is a true grass roots soccer program giving urban kids a chance to experience being part of a team without the "pay to play" restrictions of the majority of today's soccer programs.