ACADEMIC YEAR PROGRAM
Oakland International High School: Since 2008, SWB has worked closely with Oakland International High School (OIHS), a public high school that meets the manifold needs of Oakland's diverse refugee and immigrant high school students. At OIHS, SWB currently runs six teams; four boys teams and two girls teams, that run throughout the year, and maintains a presence at the school throughout the school day to support students. SWB collaborates with OIHS teachers and staff to connect soccer participation to academic engagement, positive behavior, and post-graduation success. Approximately 50% of OIHS students take part in SWB Activities throughout the school year.
Refugee Middle School Program: Working in collaboration with the Oakland Unified School District's Refugee and Asylee Assistance Program, SWB runs year round programs for newcomer refugee and asylee students at San Antonio Park. These community based programs are comprised of students from more than six OUSD middle schools, with the majority of students attending Roosevelt and Bret Harte. Currently, SWB has one U14 boys team and one U14 girls team of students from eleven different countries. In addition to soccer play and opportunities, Middle School participants also participate in weekly educational workshops.
Unaccompanied Minors (UAM) Program: In 2014, Oakland began seeing a dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied minors attending OUSD schools. SWB has worked with OUSD and recently teamed up with Alameda County Behavioral Health Services to create teams specifically geared at supporting these youth, and removing many of the barriers they face to participation. In addition to work with UAM students at OIHS, in 2015, SWB began a program for unaccompanied minors at Fremont High School and Oakland High School, and expanded to Castlemont High School in 2016. In the fall of 2016 SWB SWB expanded the program to Hayward.
Oakland Refugee Community Soccer Camp: Since 2007, SWB has run the annual Refugee Community Soccer Camp, which now takes place at Cesar Chavez fields during the first week of August. This week long camp brings together newcomer youth ages 5-20 for a week of soccer, dance, health education, yoga, and fun. In 2015, more than 200 youth participated in the camp. In addition to the benefits for campers, many 11th and 12th grade SWB participants serve as coaches, receiving a stipend and learning the principles of youth development, coaching, and job skills.
Newcomer Summer School Enrichment Program: During the month of July, SWB runs afterschool programs for middle school and high school students that attend summer school at Oakland International High School, a program which focuses specifically on language development.
Team Camping Trips: Each SWB team goes on camping trip to state parks throughout Northern California. These camping trips serve as a reward for attendance throughout the academic year, and introduce youth to the many beautiful places around California while providing a space for community building, and outdoor education.
During the academic year SWB Oakland teams are part of the Albany Berkeley Soccer Club (ABSC) and participate in the Alameda Contra Costa Youth Soccer League in the Fall and Spring seasons, and younger teams participate in ABSC’s futsal leagues during the winter. We are extremely grateful to ABSC for their ongoing partnership and collaboration.
Volunteer at the 2019 Refugee Community Soccer Camp