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.
YOUTH IN NYC EACH YEAR
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.
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.
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.
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.