Street Soccer USA | Mission – Model – Impact
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Mission – Model – Impact

OUR MISSION

To fight poverty and empower underserved communities through soccer.

OUR GOALS

To provide an alternative to the pay-to-play model of youth sports with a focus on social impact across the United States and beyond.

OUR PLAYERS

SSUSA brings its programs to kids 6-18 years old, as well as special needs populations including homeless families, adults and people in recovery. We focus our efforts on the 33% of youth who are living below the poverty line and have graduation rates between 55-65%. In our nearly 10 years of existence we have introduced our program and positively impacted the lives of over 15,000 youth and adults, and have grown to encompass 14 cities throughout the USA. SSUSA is also the official partner of the Homeless World Cup and the Street Child World Cup, which provides opportunities for valuable international experiences for our program participants.

THEORY OF CHANGE

By creating safe places to play, supplying trained, caring coaches, and an evidence-based curriculum to build important skills, including communication, creativity, collaboration, self-confidence, independence and mutual respect for one’s self and others to encourage short and long-term positive changes in our players’ lives.

Our Model

Playing for Bigger Goals

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Street Soccer USA is a social enterprise with revenue generating leagues and tournaments that leverage private donors and corporate responsibility donations to fund in-school, after school, community based club, and adult programs that improve the future of youth and young adults. Street Soccer introduces and builds the grassroots capacity of soccer in urban areas with goal of transferring life skills and creating a social safety net in the community for our participants. Our methodology of soccer instruction is informed by years of research and development in the field by others and informed by our own experience and expertise. Our 8 Street Soccer Skills (Show Up, Play with Heart, Look Up, Take the Space, Build Your Triangle,Praise Great Play, Play the Plan, Adjust the Plan) provide a problem solving framework that our participants can apply to every situation that life confronts them with.

BY THE NUMBERS
22

PROGRAMS

16

CITIES

1100

TRAINED VOLUNTEERS

1200

YOUTH IN NYC EACH YEAR

3

CITY CUPS

2

INTL. TOURNAMENTS

WHO WE REACH

With 33% of youth living below the poverty line in the areas where we work, graduation rates between 55-65%, and youth unemployment above 20%, the need for quality youth programs is critical. Street Soccer USA youth development services, life skills curriculum, and job readiness programs provide a solution.
Street Soccer USA’s programs provide youth ages 6-18, and young adults ages 18-30, with teamwork and life skills lessons through soccer in its community based clubs, after school programs, and in partnership with schools and other social service providers.

WHAT WE DO

A typical Street Soccer USA Community Club enrolls 300 participants throughout the year.
Street Soccer USA offers a soccer-based life skills program that teaches 8 progressive life and job readiness skills with age appropriate content. Our Street Soccer Skills (Show Up, Play with Heart, Look Up, Take the Space, Build Your Triangle,Praise Great Play, Play the Plan, Adjust the Plan) progress two skills at time from fundamental, to individual, to team, to strategic lessons that translate the learnings of sports to real life. The goal of the curriculum is personal empowerment by teaching our participants to be problem solvers in their individual lives and in their community.
Street Soccer USA’s community based clubs create ongoing engagement with youth and their families, and among different community stakeholders, creating social capital, and organizing a safety net of support for our youth and young adults 365 days a year.

HOW WE HELP

Street Soccer USA delivers quality youth and young adult soccer programs that include trained coaches, equipment, social service coordinators, adult mentors and safe places to play for young people.
Street Soccer USA through independent research has interviewed participants and learned that 92% of participants improved their self assessment in terms of Self Efficacy, Emotional Self Regulation, Ability to Trust Others, Social Network, and Physical Health.
For our adult programs, 75% of team members connected to housing, employment, further education, or enrolled in another rehabilitation program within a year of joining the program.

 

Soccer Methodology
In addition to learning fundamentals of soccer through our cutting edge best practice methodology for player development informed by thought leader and coach of coaches Horst Wien and our own experience, our character education and life skills programs help our participants prepare for success at school, at home and in their community.
Our curriculum framework is tailored with age appropriate and situation specific content for every scenario.