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.
America SCORES envisions a world where all youth find their voice, achieve their goals, and unleash their full potential.
OUR UNIQUE APPROACH:
America SCORES partners with urban schools to provide a high quality, team-based program that integrates soccer, poetry and service-learning. Our innovative approach improves students’ health, academic achievement and civic engagement.
THREE STEP PROCESS TO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT:
1 – We create teams through the sport of soccer.
2 – We bring these teams into the classroom to discover their voice through poetry.
3 – As a team, the poet-athletes learn to use their voices to make change in their communities.
The result is a team of children who experience success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.
HOLISTIC PROGRAM MODEL:
Soccer is a universal sport accessible to all children regardless of background and physical characteristics.
It is an inclusive sport.
Need: Urban schools often lack organized sport and high quality after-school activities. Students in these schools are in need of vigorous physical activity in order to improve their fitness.
Impact: Aside from increased aerobic capacity and physical fitness, students who play soccer benefit from lessons in sportsmanship, discipline, problem solving, and teamwork.
Poetry transcends culture and language and it helps children develop creative thinking, literacy and speaking skills.
Need: Opportunities for self-expression are often lacking in urban schools.
Impact: Writing poetry teaches students to develop creative writing and speaking skills. It also provides an outlet for students to voice personal issues and develop emotionally.
Service Learning helps children develop empathy, social responsibility and a sense of personal worth.
Need: Urban children are often not aware of the relationship between their own academic achievement and their ability to improve their lives, their families and their communities.
Impact: By providing guided, meaningful opportunities to serve their communities, children develop socially responsible behaviors and aspirations at an early age. These experiences help motivate students to believe in themselves and invest in their education.
OUR CORE VALUES: TEAMWORK LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT