Great to hear from Shannon Murphy, one of our long time donors…
"There are many reasons that I donate to Soccer in the Streets. First of all, the concept of using soccer to help teach life skills and keep kids out of trouble is a really neat idea and it seems to really help the kids all throughout their lives.
Another reason would be the Black Tie benefit game that is played each year. I find the game to be the best event I go to each year. Everyone has fun and it is family friendly, yet fun for the adults without children as well. I have friends who play in the games and I love going to support them. The raffle prizes and the silent auction are always filled with great items.
When I donated the first year, I did so because a friend of mine, Jason Longshore, is involved with it and I know the kind of person he is and knew it had to be a great cause. As the years go on, I find out more and more about it and hear of more people that are involved in one way or another; I think it really helps bring the community together. I cannot say enough good things about Soccer in the Streets and the people associated with it, I love watching it grow each year and meeting all of the new people at the events."
Thank you for your support and all of the kind words Shannon!
Soccer in the Streets empowers kids who lack opportunity to become independent young adults by building character and self-reliance through soccer and employment experience.
We reach out to teens who are on the margins of society – racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants and refugees - attending low-performing public schools, from low-income and broken homes, in high-crime areas, with high unemployment, (communities without many job prospects except low paying service jobs) facing “healthy food deserts” and experiencing minimal quality of life.
We bring young, bright, culturally competent role models to inspire kids to follow the right path and educate the youth to the opportunities that can be available to them. Using soccer as a medium, trained coaches teach skills and life lessons, such as personal responsibility and job readiness. They engage the youth and create a lasting relationship of trust and a channel of communication. Through partnering organizations, such as schools, community centers and parks, multiple sessions are conducted each week to ensure a consistent presence in the community and ongoing positive influence among the youth.
To address these needs and accomplish our goal, we launched the School of Life, which prepares teenagers for future economic independence through hands on learning activities and employment experience. It has been successful, but we are only scratching the surface in terms of overall need and depth of service. It is our goal moving forward to expand the reach of our programming while increasing the sustainability of our impact and opportunities provided to our participants.
Teens in turn are encouraged to be a part of the Positive-Choice experience for younger students, which focuses on character building activities within the framework of teaching soccer skills. Elementary age students look up to their teen peers and their positive influence. As a complete cycle, the graduates teach the teens and the teens teach the youngsters.