Mission: Educating and empowering girls through sports, teaching life skills and fostering self-confidence and self-esteem for life!
Programs: STARS (Sports Training And Role models for Success) Programs
STARS Series – a physical activity and healthy living program providing elementary and middle school girls with (i) opportunities to learn sports skills and be physically active, (ii) encouragement and support from female coaches, (iii) multiple opportunities to learn teamwork,
(iv) health and wellness learning activities, and (v) a safe space for discussion and expression.
Rising STARS Program – a six-week summer program providing middle school girls the opportunity to (i) to play sports and be physically active, (ii) learn important life skills, (iii) participate in healthy living activities, (iv) connect with female role models and mentors, and (v) develop their confidence and self-esteem.
SuperSTARS Leadership Academy – an intensive 8-week summer program providing high school girls with opportunities to (i) participate in a variety of sports, (ii) develop workplace and life skills for success; (iii) interact with women in a variety of careers; (iv) engage in health and wellness learning, (v) explore the college admissions process; and (vi) participate in STARWorks mini-internships.
SuperSTARS Symposium –a one day event providing high school girls with the opportunity to participate in sport clinics and connect with successful women who share their life lessons.
PowerPlay should be considered one of the top nonprofits for young women in the country. I am biased as a former participant, but I am living example of this truth. Not only have I gone from the streets of East New York to the halls Ivy League with their help, I have seen several girls that have come into the program shy and afraid to play sports and come out confident, competent and connected. With childhood obesity at the rate it is today, programs that help young women become more open to participating in physical activity are crucial. Further, the transferrable lifeskills that are often learned through sports are emphasized in all of their programming.