About America SCORES
A national nonprofit, America SCORES serves 8,000 students at more than 150 public and charter schools in 14 major cities. Our mission is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. We achieve this mission through daily after school and summer programming which combines soccer, poetry and service-learning. Our holistic, team-based approach works – America SCORES students, 85 percent of whom live below the poverty line, improve academically, increase physical fitness, and have a greater sense of confidence and belonging.
America SCORES’ Approach
America SCORES has a three step approach to youth development that has proven successful and replicable in hundreds of school communities across the country.
1 – We create teams through the sport of soccer;
2 – We bring these teams into the classroom to discover their voice through poetry; and
3 – As a team, these ‘poet -athletes’ learn to use their voices to make change in their communities.
The key to the America SCORES model is that it’s holistic, team-based and the core activities provide children with well-rounded experiences.
1 – Soccer is a universal sport accessible to all children regardless of background and physical characteristics.
It is an inclusive sport.
2- Poetry transcends culture and language and it helps children develop creative thinking, literacy and speaking skills.
3 – Service Learning helps children develop empathy, social responsibility and a sense of personal worth.
The result is a team of children who experience success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.
“To these student-athletes, as it was for me, soccer is more than just a game. It is a hub, a catalyst for building friendships and community. In addition to building relationships, America SCORES can help students become more responsible and engaged in school. America SCORES partner school sites make sure students understand that participating in the program is a privilege. Coaches and teachers set achievable expectations and use their love of soccer to encourage students to achieve their goals in the classroom and develop leadership skills…Soccer is more than just a game; it is a powerful tool that, when used in the right way, can help young people mature into role-models, mentors, and well-rounded citizens.”
– Yuri Morales, America SCORES Bay Area program director
Take a look at the Kicker, our for-kids, by-kids annual magazine to see more poems and interview from participants across the county.