Reuters: Soccer helps young refugees take a shot at a new life in the U.S.
This week, global leaders are convening in New York City for the U.N. Summit on Refugees and Migrants. With more than 65 million people across the world displaced, there are few, if any, nations unaffected by this growing trend.
The United States has the largest permanent resettlement program in the world, which involves a lengthy (1-2 year) vetting process before arrival in the U.S.. We are fortunate to know and serve over 1,000 refugee youth through our U.S. programs in Baltimore, Boston, Greeley, and Oakland as they work hard to rebuild their lives and imagine a brighter, safer future.
Reuters joined us in Baltimore to better understand what role soccer can play in supporting these young people to feel at home again. As we celebrate the International Day of Peace this week, we consider the role that soccer, one of the world's universal languages, can play in supporting individuals, families, communities, and nations in achieving a more peaceful and inclusive world.