Today is World Day of Social Justice and in celebration we wanted to highlight the work of our four incredible Purpose Partners; Soccer Without Borders, Street Soccer USA, My Yute Soccer, and Chapter 510 who have been on the ground in Oakland doing the work for years before us. We are proud to support them and to have their support. If you have the means, please consider supporting these incredible Oakland organizations.
The Soccer Without Borders mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success.
Soccer Without Borders first began programming in 2006. Through thousands of hours, conversations, successes, and failures in 12 countries with youth from more than 75 nations, they have built an adaptable program framework that deliberately addresses the most pressing needs of their target audience, while leaving space for authentic local adaptation.
Street Soccer USA provides an alternative to the pay-to-play model of youth sports with a focus on social impact across the United States and beyond.
SSUSA brings its programs to kids 6-18 years old, as well as special needs populations including homeless families, adults and people in recovery. They focus their efforts on the 33% of youth who are living below the poverty line and have graduation rates between 55-65%. In their nearly 10 years of existence they have introduced their program and positively impacted the lives of over 15,000 youth and adults, and have grown to encompass 14 cities throughout the USA. SSUSA is also the official partner of the Homeless World Cup and the Street Child World Cup, which provides opportunities for valuable international experiences for our program participants.
My Yute Soccer is on a mission to provide access to a diverse socioeconomic and cultural environment through the sport of soccer.
In addition to free camps, MYS educates youth in the sport of soccer and promotes awareness of sociocultural differences for the general public. My Yute Soccer's mission and vision is enacted through its FREE soccer camps for children ages 7 to 12 and a teen mentor program.
Chapter 510 teaches writing and bookmaking and publishes Oakland youth in programs lead by teaching artists in beautiful & inspiring spaces within a supportive community of diverse volunteers and artists to increase the number of books written by QTBIPOC youth in the canon of literature and serve the evolution of all Oakland young writers so they can become stronger
learners, meaning makers, and agents of change.
Their programs include writing and publishing workshops in schools and at their center, field trip opportunities for OUSD educators, youth mentoring and tutoring, and youth-focused events.