Although World Cup fever might be winding down, America’s Promise Alliance partner America SCORES is just starting to build excitement for their upcoming season. America SCORES works with urban schools in 14 cities nationwide to provide over 8,000 students with the opportunity to engage in afterschool soccer and poetry. Through their team-based approach, America SCORES not only helps students improve on the soccer field, but in the classroom as well. Through their core values of teamwork, commitment and leadership, America SCORES works to inspire their students to be the best versions of themselves they can be.
These “poet-athletes” work together on the field, in the classroom, and in their local communities to build collaboration, social responsibility and leadership skills. On the field, America SCORES focuses on team building and physical fitness. In the classroom, the focus is on finding the students voice through poetry – and helping them improve their literacy, speaking and creative thinking skills as well. Finally, America SCORES provides service-learning opportunities to their poet-athletes to help them understand the importance of civic engagement. Through all of this, America SCORES instills confidence, belonging, and improves students physically and academically.
A major highlight of the season is the annual National Poetry SLAM! hosted in New York City. All of the students compete in regional competitions that showcase their original poems in front of their local communities. After competing against the local competition, the 2 best poet-athletes from each city perform their unique poetry on the national stage. This yearly event helps students build confidence, make new friends, and share their voice with a larger audience.
Students also have the opportunity to have their voice heard through America SCORES’ Kicker!, a magazine by the poet-athletes for other kids. The magazine includes poems, student and team spotlights from all across the country. Kicker! also provides students with advice from professional Soccer players, famous poets and songwriters, and a recap from the previous year’s annual National Poetry SLAM!.
America SCORES has teamed up with America’s Promise and joined our GradNation campaign with their mentoring, youth involvement and health & wellness initiatives. America SCORES works with a Caring Adult already inside the school to provide the students with a mentor, coach and poetry advisor. Additionally, America SCORES helps to provide its students Opportunities to Help Others through their work giving back to their communities.
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below: