DC SCORES combines poetry and spoken word, soccer, and service-learning in an after-school model five days a week, 24 weeks of the year in the fall and spring. We also run a six-week winter nutrition and soccer program, and we hold free summer camps focused on soccer and the arts.
Poetry and spoken word
During the 12-week fall season, students learn how to write creatively and perform. Every student writes at least five original poems, and the season culminates with each school performing at the DC SCORES Poetry Slam!.
During the 12-week spring season, students at each school work together — building upon the teamwork formed on the soccer field and at the Poetry Slam! — to identify and then research an issue in their school and/or greater community, and then address it with a service-learning plan. Projects range from neighborhood and schools cleanups, to awareness campaigns, to raising money for the homeless, and much more.
DC SCORES runs the only consistent public soccer leagues for both elementary and middle school youth in the District. During both the spring and fall, each team practices twice a week. Thursday (elementary schools) and Friday (middle schools) are game days, when teams from throughout the city play a girls game followed by a boys game.
We hire and train motivated DC public school teachers to run the program at their schools, thus providing each student with direct access to a trusted mentor.