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Soccer Without Borders

Oakland

Serving newcomer youth in the East Bay since 2007

SWB Oakland in Action

“I have noticed, over and over, that students who enroll in SWB are able to create new connections sooner and in a healthier way than students who are not. They can bond over something that a lot of them feel they are good at, a specially treasured feeling when one is in the midst of immigrating, when everything feels unfamiliar and nothing feels easy."

Laia P., OUSD Mental Health Intern Supervisor

About SWB Oakland

Two high school boys in green Capelli jerseys run towards each other for a high five.

Through in-school, after-school, weekend, and summer programs, Soccer Without Borders Oakland is a crucial resource to newcomer refugee and immigrant youth across Alameda County, CA. As leaders in social inclusion and getting girls in the game, and as active participants in the Bay Area sports-based youth development community, SWB Oakland also hosts free, intentional leagues where under resourced youth from other organizations can play. SWB Oakland also leads trainings for coaches to build more equitable program spaces for youth.

Featured Initiatives

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SWB Oakland Global Goal 5 High School Girls League

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Newcomer Community Soccer Camp

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Creating Belonging for Unaccompanied Minors

SWB Oakland by the Numbers

Most Recent Year

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Overview

965

youth served

in lastest program year

42%

of coaching staff

are program alumni

37

participant countries of origin

(and 29 languages spoken)

8

league seasons and tournaments consisting of 665 participants 

+30%

higher graduation rate amongst participants than OUSD as a whole

>4,000

miles of transportation provided for participants

Spotlights

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Spotlight: Ye-Htet Soe, Program Manager

Ye-Htet Soe embodies the spirit of SWB Oakland. After his family resettled in Oakland from a refugee camp in Thailand, Ye-Htet found community and connection through soccer. He began volunteering with SWB as an 11th grader at the annual newcomer community summer camp. Since then, he has held almost every role within SWB; from camp counselor, to  assistant coach to program coordinator. Now as Program Manager, Ye-Htet is one of the organizational leaders, not just in Oakland, but across SWB. After graduating from high school, Ye-Htet played collegiate soccer at Southern New Hampshire University, and completed his bachelors degree there.  Ye-Htet is a mentor to countless youth in Oakland, and inspires everyone with his growth mindset and his commitment to inclusivity and community. 

Spotlight: Heykee R. 
Participant

Shortly after Heykee came to the U.S. from Honduras, she joined the Soccer Without Borders program at Castlemont High School in 2020 as a freshman. She hadn’t met a single person at school because she started during COVID-19 restrictions and joined the team to make friends.  Over the next two years, Heykee has been one of the consistent members of her team, and has learned much from her coaches and teammates. “Without soccer, I would be a girl more timid, more scared, less confident,” Heykee says. “Before I didn’t have an idea of what I wanted to do in my life. I was always making bad decisions and involved in problems. When I started playing on the team, I became a more mature person and I started thinking about the type of person I want to be in the future.”

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SWB Oakland Partners

Building a more inclusive world requires a shared purpose and a collaborative approach. Our partners and supporters enable us to provide programming to youth free-of-cost, while also providing complementary services to youth and families when their needs fall outside of our scope.

Albany Berkeley SC
Hayward Unified School District
Oakland Roots
Official Uniform Provider
La Familia
Oakland Unified School District
Center for Healthy Schools and Communities
Oakland International High School
Refugee & Immigrant Transitions
City of Oakland
Oakland Public Education Fund
Official Game Ball

Albany-Berkeley Soccer Club

Bay Area Wilderness Training

Bustillo Family Foundation

Cal State East Bay

Capelli Sport

Castlemont High School

City of Oakland

Clif Bar

East Bay Asian Youth Center

East Bay Refugee and Immigrant Forum

Girls Inc.

Fremont High School

Frick United Academy of Language

Hayward Unified School District

Hellman Foundation

International Rescue Committee

La Familia Counseling Services

Mill Valley Soccer Club

MVLA Soccer Club

Oakland Fund for Children and Youth

Oakland High School

Oakland International High School

Oakland Public Education Fund

Oakland Roots Sports Club

Oakland Unified School District

Olympic Club Foundation

Senda Athletics

Tennyson High School

Refugee and Immigrant Transitions

Rudsdale Newcomer Continuation HS

Urban Promise Academy

Up2Us Sports

The Westly Foundation

Youth Empowement Program (YEP)

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