Meet America SCORES
Above: America SCORES poetry slam Cleveland.
MEET America SCORES
America SCORES is a non-profit with the mission to create equitable opportunities for young people to experience sport, express themselves and inspire positive change on and off the field. Using a social justice youth development framework, America Score emphasizes racial equity, fair play, teamwork and youth voice as key drivers for building a better, more equitable world.
America SCORES nationally serves and supports 13,500 students at over 311 public and charter schools in 12 major cities. They achieve their mission through daily after-school and summer programming which combines soccer, poetry, and service-learning.
Through their holistic, team-based approaches to learning America SCORES students, 85% of whom live below the poverty line, improve academically, increase physical fitness and have a greater sense of confidence and belonging.
To date, more than 130,000 girls and boys have benefited from this incredible organization’s unique approach to skill development through soccer.
Where are America SCORES based?
The fantastic work of America SCORES spans across these 12 cities:
Boston / San Francisco & the Bay Area / Chicago / Cleveland / DC / Los Angeles / Milwaukee / New York / Seattle / St. Louis / Vancouver, Canada
TOGETHER WE’RE STRONGER
WIS is proud to partner with America SCORES. Our collaboration with SCORES is another way we honor our commitment to supporting organizations that ensure the transformative power of soccer is something all young people can take advantage of.
America SCORES Bay Area happens to be one of WIS founding members Tracy Hamm’s favorite organizations. In her words, “Their soccer poet program is so powerful because of the way they use the game to mediate and teach their students life skills. It’s a cool concept that the kids are able to get out and express themselves on the field but then they are also encouraged to get their feelings down into a freeing form of writing.” Tracy also recently joined SCORES for a talk and screening of her film Coach.
WHAT WIS AND GOAL FIVE HAVE COMING UP
Zahkiya Brown, an America SCORES mentor will be on our “The Business of Mentorship” panel on May 19 at the WIS Career Fair. From the perspectives of businesswomen, coaches, and grassroots leaders the panel will explore the potential impact strong mentorship can have on others as well as how to develop mentorship programs that stay faithful to a social justice-driven mission. See you there!