Boston Scores has a three step approach to youth development that has proven successful and replicable in hundreds of school communities across the country.
We create teams through the sport of soccer
We bring these teams into the classroom to discover their voice through poetry
As a team, these ‘poet -athletes’ learn to use their voices to make change in their communities
The key to the Boston Scores model is that it’s holistic, team-based and the core activities provide children with well-rounded experiences.
Why Soccer? As a popular sport requiring minimal equipment, soccer is accessible to children regardless of economic status or physical characteristics. Soccer engages youth with their peers in vigorous activity and provides a platform for teaching fitness and nutrition. Youth who play soccer also learn the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and discipline.
Why Poetry? Poetry transcends culture and language, develops creative thinking, promotes problem solving and instills public speaking skills. Writing and performing poetry gives youth an outlet to express emotionally charged experiences that may inhibit their ability to perform academically. Creative writing also encourages a personal connection to literature, which deepens classroom engagement.
Why Service-Learning? Volunteerism instills in children a sense of compassion, social responsibility, and personal worth. Through service-learning projects, children develop leadership skills and collaborative experience at an early age. Youth apply their knowledge to group-selected community projects, which inspires self-efficacy and pride.
Who are Poet-Athletes? The term poet-athlete is used to signify the holistic approach Boston Scores uses to celebrate each participant’s creativity and physical activity. The result is children who experience success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.
Since 1999, Boston Scores has offered students enrolled at Boston Public Schools with the opportunity to join a team, to play soccer & learn about nutrition, develop writing & self-expression skills, and execute service-learning projects. Each of our school partners recruits a team of 15 boys and 15 girls to participate in all program activities. Activities include practices, enrichment workshops, and game days. Programs are teacher-led ensuring the highest quality and providing opportunities for teachers to interact with students in a more recreational setting.
Our programs are based around 3 flagship programs that may be offered separately or blended together, an innovative combination that truly addresses the development of the whole child. To learn more about each of our flagship programs, click on the related image below: