America SCORES New York serves over 1,000 kids across 20 under resourced New York City public schools.
My coaches have been some of the most important adults in my life. They pushed me to be better, to show commitment and self-improvement, and also supported me and set the standard for how I believed good teams should feel. These coaches helped me play soccer in college, which ended up changing my life forever.
It's amazing how many NYC children are without the opportunity to be part of a team. The kids that are in our program are incredible. But the NYC school system that we work within is one of the most segregated in the country, which bifurcates the services and sports opportunities available by income level / neighborhood. That's where we come in!
The America SCORES youth are writers, performers, comedians, athletes, scholars, and community activists. They bring so much of their unique personalities to every poem, every soccer game, every community project. When we give young people opportunities to thrive, they will make this world a better place.
We are now seeing our older youth get involved as coaches for the younger poet-athletes. This tells me that America SCORES has stuck with them beyond the scope of our after-school program services. It's become a life-long family for them. I've had countless teachers tell me that the reason they coach for America SCORES is because they believe in the power it has to change a child's trajectory and push them to do better in school and life. They often become the best mentor that child will ever have.
Please consider helping us continue to change lives through soccer, poetry and community!
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