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Where We Work

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Intro

Our programming in Pittsburgh launched in 2019 after years of developing our model in Africa. Through partnership with youth-serving organizations, we are creating positive experiences on and off the field for youth in several neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. We provide leadership training to high school youth to serve as coaches and referees who then mentor younger children in their neighborhood. Our unior Leader program creates summer employment opportunities for high school students and provides an opportunity to build skills to support success in the classroom now and eventually in the workforce beyond graduation.

Our Programming

Our programming in Pittsburgh launched in 2019 after years of developing our model in Africa. Through partnership with youth-serving organizations, we are creating positive experiences on and off the field for youth in several neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. We provide leadership training to high school youth to serve as coaches and referees who then mentor younger children in their neighborhood. Our union Leader program creates summer employment opportunities for high school students and provides an opportunity to build skills to support success in the classroom now and eventually in the workforce beyond graduation.

Northview Heights

We partner with Youth Places and the Somali Bantu Community Association of Pittsburgh to run our Open Field model in the Northview Heights neighborhood as part of Youth Places’ summer camp. Working closely with both partners, this initiative aims to connect members of the immigrant and refugee community with African Americans through the global game of soccer. Supported by the Heinz Endowments and PNC Charitable Trusts, this is our signature expansion project in Pittsburgh.

ARYSE

We partner with ARYSE to incorporate our educational and skill-building sport programming into their after school club and summer academy for refugee youth in Pittsburgh. Our soccer sessions for younger children focus on learning important social skills like teamwork and fair play. With older children, we focus these social skills as well as communication, respect, and conflict resolution.

Crafton Heights

We partner with JFCS Pittsburgh to bring our Open Field model to this diverse neighborhood, populated with recently resettled refugees from Syria and Congo, as well as Pittsburgh residents and immigrants from other countries. Our program creates a safe and structured place for newly-arrived youth to play the game they love, learn new social skills, and get connected in their new neighborhood, making Pittsburgh truly feel like home.