Our youth are participanting and their confidence in leadership skills is growing!
When we re-launched PLAY4PURPOSE last year, there were about 330 boys registered in activities in 4 neighborhoods in Kumba. Today, that number is up 65% to about 550 youth, ~500 boys and ~50 girls, in 7 neighborhoods (2 regions - Southwest & Northwest). Despite the on-going unrest and insecurity, our team is there for our youth.
Now, we're seeing the impact of the lessons and experiences that define PLAY4PURPOSE. Before the last season kicked off, we surveyed our participants and learned that youth involved in our activities for more than two years*:
*when compared to 1st year participants
Youth in the 4 new neighborhoods completed surveys over the last two months and we're currently analyzing the results to include in our next quarterly report.
Pictured above, youth in Bamenda complete surveys before PLAY4PURPOSE league kicks off earlier this month.2018: A year of growth and accountability
We continue to track our progress each week to make sure we achieve our goal of providing the highest quality experience for youth participants and their families. Highlights from the last few months include:
4 new jobs for community leaders, including 2 past participants (Bidias and Collins)
9 community events since July
12 new goal posts manufactured locally (each one funded by a supporter in Wheeling or Pittsburgh)
18 educational soccer sessions per week
24 youth councilors elected by their peers
170 additional youth spectators attending recent community events
300 parents attending recent community events
1 college athlete in the U.S. (David)
None of this would be possible without support from people like you!
Pictured above, youth in Bamenda set up one of the goal posts on the field ahead of the first PLAY4PURPOSE league launching and community event.
Last year was our most successful year ever and we intend to continue the momentum to achieve even greater things in 2019. If you're inspired to stay involved; consider making another investment in our activities to see results!
Justin Forzano, Founder and CEO
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