America SCORES Boston serves more than 1,400 at-risk Boston youth through our SCORES Leadership Academy. The school-based program provides developmentally and age appropriate lessons in creative writing, nutrition, service-learning, and soccer to youth in grades 3 through 12. SCORES provides a consistent program throughout the public school career using nationally recognized curriculums delivered by licensed teachers to support the social and emotional learning of students.
Students at the elementary school level learn the basics of soccer while expanding their vocabulary, developing their communication skills, advancing their self-efficacy, and using the power of writing to impact change through service projects. Through service, youth gain a sense of purpose to affect positive social change. At the middle school level, students enhance their soccer skills through more competitive games, learn poetic devices and perform team “cheers,” and complete social entrepreneurship projects through which they understand money, thrift, and the importance of contributing to their local community.
SCORES provides a flexible high school program to meet the needs of student who are at different points in their academic and professional careers. Students continue to build academic skills, gain practical job skills by giving back to SCORES elementary and middle school programs, tour colleges, and are connected to college preparation courses. The goal is to prepare students to graduate from high school and pursue their next step by enrolling in post-secondary education or securing a job.
At the end of the school year, boys and girls,
- advance their communications skills through activities on the soccer field, creative writing lessons, and service projects that harness written and spoken communications
- improve their health through nutrition lessons and physical activity that exceeds the daily recommended amount of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity
- and are active participants in their community with an understanding of issues impacting their schools and city and the tools to be civically engaged