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America SCORES inspires urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.
Program Objectives: Bonding children to each other, to teachers as role models, to their schools and to their education; Providing parents and communities a safe and enriching place for children during otherwise problematic after-school hours; Bringing the world's most popular sport, soccer, to urban America as a means of uniting young people across racial, economic, ethnic and geographic lines; Providing a safe emotional environment for children to express themselves in writing, to learn to be confident with language and use it comfortably and well.
An affiliate of America SCORES, America SCORES Seattle is an intensive, five-day per week school-based after-school program that works to enrich the lives of Seattle's high need youth through regular participation and skill building in creative writing, poetry, soccer and community service. Teamwork is the key to success in both education and sports -- is the common denominator. The program takes place every day for 90 minutes on school grounds. Separate boys and girls teams of 16 attend either intensive creative writing workshops or soccer practice. SCORES program activities & curriculum are administered by professional public school teachers, which provides a day-to-day familiarity with and commitment to the students that further inspires their success.