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Open Field

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, International, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange, International Relief, Soccer, Sports, Youth Development

Mission: To improve the lives and futures of youth through sport.

Results: Youth who participate have higher confidence in their own leadership skills, more likely to stay in school, feel a sense of responsibility to their community, and give back through service.

Target demographics: promote health, education, leadership, and civic engagement within youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 600 youth

Geographic areas served: under-served communities in Cameroon, Africa and Pittsburgh, PA

Programs: youth-led, neighborhood-based soccer activities that create positive experiences and a safe place to play

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Open Field does many things well - of course their soccer activities are popular with the kids, but they intentionally provide a space for youth to develop social skills and community, while also giving these youth the opportunity to become leaders and professionals themselves. This unique programming has done great work in Cameroon for many years, and now they are in Pittsburgh to foster understanding (and fun!) for refugee/immigrant youth with their locally born neighbors. Donate, volunteer, or spread the word about this wonderful organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have worked with Open Field since 2014 and every year the experience gets better and better! They have done an amazing job at supporting our students - immigrant and refugee youth living in Pittsburgh, PA - and motivating them to become leaders through their favorite activity: soccer! We bring Open Field into every one of our programs because we believe in their mission and we've seen the impact first-hand. Our team feels very lucky to have them as a resource in our community!

Zipporah B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Open Field is such a great organization! You can tell that all of the volunteers and staff are excited and motivated to help kids all around Pittsburgh through soccer! All of the kids are so excited to play and learn skills that will leave an indelible mark on the rest of their lives.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Open Field is a unique non profit organization that encompasses all aspects of learning, values and the love of playing the sport of soccer. The program exudes high energy, excitement and a wealth of curiosity amongst all the children who participate and desire to gain positive supports and connection in order to grow successfully in their community. I feel honored to be involved with this organization and look forward to witnessing the evolution and expansion of this community based wonder in many years to come!

Josh K.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredible experience working with Open Field! It is amazing how the organization cares so much about making a difference in the communities in which it operates. Open Field not only provides great services to the participants, but it has also become a helpful neighbor with great mentors for the youth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OpenField’s a great organization with a really committed group of people who are truly dedicated to their cause.

Board Member

Rating: 5

So proud to be part of an organization that is making real change in the lives of kids in Cameroon and Pittsburgh!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved being able to be a coach for OpenFields helping to share my love for soccer with youth from all over the world. I have been so excited to see how they can change and embrace the game and really find joy in it the more they play!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Open Field has been on an amazing journey from Cameroon to Pittsburgh using soccer to make connections for kids and teach life lessons along the way. The organization works hard to make sure every dollar has a maximum impact on the communities served.

1 Javier J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In today's world, education needs to be look at with a winder lens. Classroom learning is but a piece of a child's educational experience, and Open Field recognizes the urgent need to augment a child's learning with unique and dynamic opportunities. By transforming soccer fields into places of learning using innovative approaches, Open Field is making a positive impact on children around the world. Children learn best where they are comfortable and able to be themselves, and Open Field's programs provide that space.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with this organization for several years and have seen the impact on the kids first hand. The amount of work this organization accomplishes is impressive, to say the least!