After school, many youth are left to roam the streets where they often engage in activities which negatively affect their health and well-being: committing petty crimes, consuming alcohol and drugs, joining gangs, & having sexual relations. High unemployment contributes to excessive idleness and an overall pessimistic outlook. Sports, specifically organized soccer programs, are an amazing way to change their perspective. We leverage their love of the game to integrate health & social education.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Our target youth population, boys and girls age 12-16, 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 effective recreational and health education programs. Many young people lack critical thinking skills and have little hope for there future.
How will this project solve this problem?
The educational sports programs create an environment for underprivileged boys and girls which is most conducive to learning. CFDP-trained coaches/leaders become mentors who facilitate guided discussions on a number on issues pertinent to health, social, and personal development. Participants gain access to consistent, organized recreational activities which keep them off the streets and out of trouble. Additionally, they are empowered to take an active role in their own development.
Potential Long Term Impact
We are striving to reduce incidence of HIV transmission, teenage pregnancy, and delinquency. We provide youth with basic life skills and workforce readiness education. This will create an empowering environment for all members of our community, most specifically the younger generation. WE HAVE DEVELOPED A SCALABLE MODEL WHICH WE HOPE TO EXPAND ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST REGION AND DOUBLE OUR IMPACT IN 2014 - FROM 500 PARTICIPANTS TO IMACT 1,000 IN KUMBA and MAMFE.
Total Funding Received to Date: $23,823
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,177
Total Funding Goal: $26,000