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  • Soccer Without Borders Seattle Soccer Without Borders Seattle

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Mission Statement

Soccer Without Borders Seattle uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing newcomer immigrant, refugee and aslyee youth a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion and personal success.

Description

The soccer field is one of few places where newcomer youth immediately feel confident, counted, and like they can express themselves and contribute. When youth first come to the U.S., most feel the opposite. They are overwhelmed by what they don’t know, and feel helpless and alone in almost every aspect of life. Too often, these youth turn to unhealthy behaviors, rejecting that which makes them feel incompetent. Soccer can reach these young people in a way that no other activity can. When intentionally designed, soccer can be a powerful interpersonal learning environment that provides the skills and supports that young people need to reach their full potential.

Youth enter Soccer Without Borders at varying levels of soccer ability, English ability, and comfort in their communities; all are welcome and flexibility and innovation are key. Our core, team-based program offers soccer and off field activities for more than 35 weeks per year, 6-12 hours per week to middle and high school-aged participants. This creates a feeling that goes beyond team: SWB becomes family.

In March 2018, Soccer Without Borders will be launching it's first program in Seattle in partnership with the Seattle World School. To support with the successful launch of this program, we are seeking volunteers in the following areas:
-Volunteer Assistant Soccer Coaches
-Special Event Volunteers
-Volunteer Drivers to support transporting youth to games and special events
-Advisory Board members

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