For people who believe in a well-rounded childhood, DC SCORES has a quality, team-based approach providing youth with the arts, athletics, and academics that will engage, enrich, and improve their lives. DC SCORES builds teams through after-school programs for 1,500 low-income DC youth at 47 schools by instilling self-expression, physical fitness, and a sense of community. DC SCORES accomplishes this in an innovative model combining poetry and spoken word, soccer, and service-learning year-round. DC SCORES has worked with over 8,000 students since our founding in 1994 and aims to serve EVERY child in the District deserving of a team who does not have one. DC SCORES is an affiliate of America SCORES, with organizations in 13 cities.
DC SCORES' holistic after-school program helps students improve their fitness levels by playing soccer; develop their literacy skills and capacity for self-expression by writing poetry; and establish deep community connections through service projects; all while developing closer bonds with teachers and peers. The program follows a school-based model for after-school programming by hiring and training teachers (called “SCORE Corps” coaches) from each school. Coaches guide students through the writing and soccer curriculum, which includes academic enrichment modules, health and nutrition lessons, service learning project planning templates, and readily usable soccer practice plans that incorporate team building and leadership activities. For YouTube, click here. For Instagram, click here.