CREATING BELONGING

Our game plan to combat youth isolation and its effects in a time of Covid-19

BELONGING IS A BASIC HUMAN NEED

This is true for everyone, but it is especially true of young people, who are still developing the mental resiliency skills they need to process the massive changes going on around us. Belonging nourishes like food, it protects like Vitamin C, it washes away harm like soap, and it strengthens resiliency in a way that none of those other things can.

Soccer Without Borders exists to build a more inclusive world. Soccer is the vehicle, but we have always been in the business of combatting exclusion and isolation with belonging.  Our global direct service staff is in constant communication with our participants and their families to make sure they have access to continuing opportunities for education, connection, and social services.

MAKE A DONATION

During the pandemic, Soccer Without Borders is actively reaching vulnerable youth through virtual programming, mentoring, food and material support, education and health resources, translation, and referrals to social services.

We recognize that the effects of Covid-19 are substantial and that the need is vast. If you are able, please consider a donation to sustain our work with underserved youth.

Soccer Without Borders is a registered 501(c)(3) with EIN 20-3786129. To donate through a DAF, by mail, or by starting a fundraising campaign, click here.  

OUR GAME PLAN

The stakes are high: 9 out of 10 youth worldwide are out of school. While the pandemic's impact on mental and physical health as well as financial stability and educational outcomes are not fully quantified yet, we are working to address them every day. 
 
With schools, parks, and fields where we operate closed, and social distancing orders in effect, we are creating belonging by triaging and directly addressing the needs of our participants and families when we can, and making referrals and supporting translation when needs fall outside of our scope. 
 
We serve thousands of participants every year in an out-of-school time context. This means we are uniquely suited to meet youth where they are and provide the essential information, structure, connectivity, and encouragement to navigate these unprecedented times.
That's Creating Belonging.

Supporting Youth & Families During Covid-19

1,335

SWB participants directly reached through remote programming

557

Female SWB participants engaged in remote programming 

679

participants engaged in mentoring activities outside of team programming

120 

teams participating in Stay Home Seasons 

from five countries

1,041 

equipment and materials distributed to youth

898 

families reached for food delivery and referrals 

GET THEM TO THE FIELD

In a typical season, our mantra "get them to the field" means solving logistical,  cultural, linguistic, and economic barriers that too often keep participants from accessing opportunities on the field and off. Right now, the field has changed, but our team has been working tirelessly to engage participants through the Stay Home Season, online challenges, individual check-ins, at-home learning packets and activities, food deliveries, and more. 

FEATURED TACTICS

Our global direct service staff is in constant communication with our participants and their families to make sure they have access to continuing opportunities for education, connection, and social services.

A CALL TO ADDRESS YOUTH ISOLATION

SMILE TOGETHER

YOUTUBE

YOU PLAY BEST WHEN YOU'RE SMILING

There are many digital resources getting created to support educators, families, and organizations that we are utilizing in our programs. Below are some of the resources we've developed to actively maintain a culture of belonging among our coaches, staff, participants, and communities.

COACH'S GUIDE TO A STAY HOME SEASON

BEATS THAT MOVE THE CLEATS

COACH'S GUIDE TO A STAY HOME SEASON

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IN-PERSON SOCCER ACTIVITIES ADAPTED FOR PHYSICAL DISTANCE

KEEP THE BALL MOVING JUGGLE CHALLENGE

PLAYING FOR CHANGE
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