Youth in Cameroon do not have access to quality soccer programming which deprives them of the enriching experience of playing a team sport with coaches who double as mentors to shape their development as athletes, but even more importantly, as thriving members of society. Soccer keeps kids in school. Our unique intervention strategy teaches critical life skills while playing the beautiful game.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Youth living in poverty face numerous challenges. With limited-to-no access to standard health, education, and technology infrastructure, the social side is the most influential and indicative of quality of life. Children between the ages of 12 and 20 are often overlooked and can get lost in an underdeveloped nation with a stagnant economy, high unemployment, and little opportunity for a brighter future.
How will this project solve this problem?
Soccer improves social infrastructure. Everyone comes together around the global game. Building a soccer league in a community creates a positive space for youth and strengthens the community around the field. Coaches double as mentors who run soccer practices and compete in games within a season dedicated to one life skill or health education topic. Every time a child plays the game, he or she learns something new to help them succeed in everything they do.
Potential Long Term Impact
Youth will no longer roam the streets while life passes them by. A sustainable soccer league will mobilize the community with a focus on the future: our youth. Coaches will receive computer literacy training and gain transferable skills making them more employable. Together, we will educate and empower communities through sport.
Total Funding Received to Date: $150
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $24,850
Total Funding Goal: $25,000