For over 20 years, the verdict has been the same: America SCORES works. Numerous national and local studies show that our program improves children’s academics and commitment to school, increases their physical fitness and teamwork skills, and empowers them to be leaders in their communities. By having kids be part of a team with a coach who serves as a mentor, we create a safe space for them to be physically active and express themselves, keeping them away from potential vulnerabilities outside of school. SCORES lays the foundation for success in school with a well-rounded and, most of all, fun after school experience that students become a part of for many years, ensuring they remain engaged in school throughout their childhood.
Typically America SCORES works with schools and school districts to make the program available to as many students as possible. Enrollment is up to the schools to decide, leading to great demand for the program. Each program creates a sustainable plan for growth to new schools to ensure that with each additional student impacted, the program does not drop in quality. Evaluations are done each year, eliciting feedback from students, teachers, parents, principals, volunteers, and staff to ensure the quality of programming improves year after year. Many coaches of the program are recruited within the schools so that students often have an existing relationship with their teachers.
The key to the America SCORES model is that it’s holistic, team-based, and the core activities provide children with well-rounded experiences:
1 – Soccer is a universal sport accessible to all children regardless of background and physical characteristics. It is an inclusive sport.
2– Poetry transcends culture and language and helps children develop creative thinking, literacy, and speaking skills.
3 – Service Learning helps children develop empathy, social responsibility, and a sense of personal worth.
The result is children who experience success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.