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Mission and Values


Soccer Without Borders uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success. 

Core Values:

Focus on the Whole Person: SWB believes in a whole-person approach. Our programs help young people come into a greater understanding of their bodies, minds, and voices, creating avenues toward individual growth, new opportunities, and the achievement of personal goals. 

Authenticity: Soccer Without Borders values all voices in the building of its programs, particularly those of youth and members of the communities we serve. 

Process-oriented: SWB believes that the process is often more important than the outcome. SWB leadership, participants and families commit to uphold process-oriented values that create a culture of acceptance, an inclusive environment, and supported progress toward goals. These values are: 

  • The inherent potential and gifts of all young people
  • Honesty and authenticity in speech and action
  • All learners as teachers and all teachers as learners
  • Openness to all perspectives, voices, and people
  • Program sustainability