Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $1,999,045)
The U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation, Inc. uses soccer as a vehicle for social change. The organization has established that a sports-based youth mentoring program, Soccer for Success, is an effective model to deter youth from engaging or re-engaging in delinquent behavior. Soccer for Success will match 3,130 at-risk boys and girls with trained adult mentors for 108 hours each year. Soccer for Success partnerships with community-based organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs, Police Athletic Leagues and YMCAs, engage the most at-risk youth in communities with the highest juvenile crime rates in formal mentoring relationships, teaching youth to work with their peers and mentors, while building essential life skills. Soccer for Success is unique because the sport of soccer attracts at-risk youth, whom would traditionally not enter or stay in a mentoring relationship. This project will engage youth from underserved communities in California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. The program will increase family engagement, deter delinquent behavior, and improve attitudes toward schools.