Since 2019, Open Field has implemented SBYD programming twice per week for nearly 100 youth ages 6-18 in Crafton Heights and Northview Heights. We create a safe space on soccer fields in or nearby these communities so youth can walk to the field, eliminating one of the biggest challenges to participation in extra-curricular activities (transportation).
CHAMPS: TEEN EMPLOYMENT & LEADERSHIP
After participating in training workshops and seminars, teenagers are employed as assistant coaches and referees. They learn transferable skills (communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution) and how to apply and interview for jobs to prepare them for their future. They become role models to younger kids in their neighborhood.
Our coach mentors create a safe space that encourages girls to participate in sport-based youth development programs that prepare them to play high school soccer and feel a stronger sense of belonging. We build trust with parents to ensure they have the same opportunities as their brothers.
COMPETITIVE TEAMS & COMMUNITY PLAY
Teams of high school age youth represent their neighborhood on Open Field teams in the Citiparks futsal league each winter. In the fall, we partner with Elliot West End Athletic Association to register more than 65 refugee youth ages 9-18 in their annual soccer league, nearly doubling participation in three age groups, expanding the diversity and promoting equity within the league.
Open Field partners with the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) to manage a club soccer team that supports first-generation, foreign-born student athletes to earn their associate degree and get higher paying jobs.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS & SUMMER CAMPS
We are proud to partner with organizations across the region to provide high quality SBYD programming for hundreds of youth every year. Partners include ARYSE, Frick Park Tennis Association, Latino Community Center, Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs, Pittsburgh Public Schools, South Hills Interfaith Movement, and Woodland Hills School District.