Cameroon Football Development Program

Cameroon Football Development Program (CFDP) provides critical health and social education programs to at-risk youth in underdeveloped areas of the Southwest Region, Cameroon. Our target youth population live in communities which face obstacles that compromise their economic, health, and personal security. Unemployment, pervasive teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and high crime rates resulting from poverty and corruption are some examples of these obstacles which are exacerbated by a lack of healthy recreational activities and effective health education programs. CFDP aims to fill this void in a sport-centric context, which has been proven to retain high youth participation and effect meaningful...

Cameroon Football Development Program
6014 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
United States
3042815649
http://www.cameroonfdp.org

Board of Directors

Justin Forzano, Sandeep Prasad, Jessica Gibson, Daniel Speicher, Nicholas Hamlin

Project Leaders

Justin Forzano

Mission

Cameroon Football Development Program (CFDP) provides critical health and social education programs to at-risk youth in underdeveloped areas of the Southwest Region, Cameroon. Our target youth population live in communities which face obstacles that compromise their economic, health, and personal security. Unemployment, pervasive teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and high crime rates resulting from poverty and corruption are some examples of these obstacles which are exacerbated by a lack of healthy recreational activities and effective health education programs. CFDP aims to fill this void in a sport-centric context, which has been proven to retain high youth participation and effect meaningful community-wide change. CFDP implements soccer-based programs with a focus on leadership, life skills, and health and HIV education. We use sport to spread information because of the unique place of esteem that soccer has in Cameroonian culture. By combining our curriculum with a pastime so central to the lives of our target demographic, we reach youth who would have been otherwise reluctant to participate. Furthermore, we empower respected individuals from partner communities to become mentors and coaches which enhance the effectiveness of our sport program to create behavioral and social change. By combining soccer drills with discussions on sensitive health and social issues and activities which reinforce these topics, CFDP creates an experiential education environment that, as our work has proven, local youth find both compelling and informative. Finally, CFDP aims to create opportunities for cultural exchange by connecting teams, clubs, and schools in Cameroon with their peers in North America for a bilateral exchange of knowledge and culture.

Programs

CFDP currently provides and oversees weekly educational soccer sessions in 12 secondary schools and community-based programs in eight neighborhoods in Kumba, Cameroon. Additionally, we implement monthly day-long camps in neighboring villages, monthly continuing-education training for leaders, youth empowerment activities like games days, soccer competitions, and our annual Conference on Youth Empowerment and Community Development through Sports.

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