Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Leslie's #BestSCORESMoment

Bucket in hand, I walked toward the lake that had consumed the field. It's game day after all. The storm had passed and the work began. Coach Dean, knee deep in muddy water, filled the air with Jamaica's rhythm. The rhythm persuaded me. This is really happening. All I could do was laugh. Wet grass and mud under my feet, bucket in hand. Man verses Wild. For the love of the game, maybe. Dedication to the kids, certainly. One hour later the lake was a puddle and the game began. Teamwork. Leadership. Commitment. And a sense of humor turned what should have been a disaster into my  #bestSCORESmoment. Friday May 9th, 2014. Douglas Park 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Junior SCORES 2014 Season

This winter, 120 students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade took the field kicking off the America SCORES Chicago Winter 2014 after-school season with Jr. SCORES.
Started in 2010, the  Jr. SCORES model encourages students to WRITE.PLAY.ACHIEVE through literacy activities and soccer.
This year, Jr. SCORES programs ran at Hay, Hearst, Hughes, Johnson Pilsen, and Spry Elementary two to four days per week.
Jr. SCORES students learn level one soccer skills like dribbling, defending, ball control and scoring goals. During writing practice, students create a writing portfolio of their poetry and art work.Jr. SCORES teams also traveled to other SCORES schools for end of season game day to have fun with students from other schools and showcase their new skills!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Johnson Garden

The Johnson garden project*, crafted and designed with the help of The Loud Grade Produce Squad, teaches urban youth how to create small and sustainable gardens in their community to provide more fresh produce for families. 

During the lab sessions students engaged in groups discussions about the biology of plants, sustainable urban gardening and the importance of eating fresh produce to promote a healthy lifestyle.

During the build sessions, youth became apprentices of Loud Grade staff and learned how to build and maintain raised planting beds, soil formation techniques and experimented with different methods of composting.

25-30 3rd-5th grade students took part in the weekly and sometimes twice weekly garden sessions.
The parts that students liked best were building the beds, shoveling, planting seeds and seedlings, and providing care for the plots.

*Part of the garden project is supported by the Aetna Foundation, a national foundation
based in Hartford. Connecticut that supports projects to promote wellness, health and access to
high-quality health care for everyone. The views presented here are those of the author and not

necessarily those of the Aetna Foundation, its directors, officers, or staff.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fall Season Wrap-Up

The Community Poetry Slam was a resounding success! Everyone was a winner, but Eli Whitney brought home the hardware - winning both Golden Ball awards as well as the middle school boys League Cup. The elementary girls at Castellanos won the Golden Boot, and the Pope middle school girls won the League Cup. The Golden Ball award is America SCORES’ highest team honor, based on our core values of Teamwork, Leadership and Commitment. It is bestowed on the school that collectively most displays these characteristics throughout the season. Similarly, the Golden Boot honors the same values, but highlights the TLC achievements of a single boys or girls team. The middle school League Cups are given the teams with the most points (3 for a win, 1 for a tie) at the end of the season.

The Pope girls’ success was especially sweet:  A predominantly African-American school, the majority of the students had never played soccer or even seen soccer before they joined the SCORES program a few years ago. The first few seasons were rough to say the least – not a lot of goals scored and wins were few and far between. However, they continued to embody the SCORES core values of teamwork, leadership and most importantly commitment. They enjoyed practice and loved game days despite the lack of wins. Gradually and with lots of hard work and dedication, they improved from practice to practice and season to season. The final stage of their metamorphosis was completed this past fall season; they become the first SCORES team to go undefeated and were duly crowed the league championship! Jubilant celebration photos from the Community Slam are below:

Music Videos from the Community Slam can be seen on YouTube:

More to come...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Community Poetry Slam!

We are excited to announce the 11th annual Community Poetry Slam! will take place on November 16th at Pope Elementary School (1852 S. Albany Ave.) from  5-7PM.  This year, over 300 elementary students will take center stage to perform as a team or as individuals while the middle school poet-athletes will debut their original music videos composed with their team song.

Throughout the fall season, all SCORES participants engage in a poetic curriculum that prepares them for this special event. The middle school teams are taught the Hip Hop SCORES: Poetry and Song curriculum; at the end of the season, they collaborate as a team to develop a poem/song that conveys a socially conscious message, which they then present in the form of  a music video at the Slam. The elementary teams are presented with the Power of Poetry curriculum during the season and they perform team poems coupled with dance on stage. In addition, the best individual poets from each team and grade level punctuate the night, giving resounding, insightful and poignant performances during the evening.

 This community Poetry Slam is designed as a venue to celebrate the youths’ accomplishments and share their achievements with the surrounding community. Join the families, friends, coaches, school administrators and community leaders and become immersed in this high-energy event.

Friday, September 21, 2012

American Graduate Week: SCORES Makes it Happen

Saturday, September, 22 from 12:00 to 7:00pm WTTW11 presents American Graduate Week, a seven-hour live public television event designed to teach viewers and listeners more about the dropout crises, the potential solutions in our community and how we can get involved. Local pre-taped segments will feature Chicago organizations (such as America SCORES Chicago) that are making a difference and helping to make graduation happen.

Marissa, our former volunteer coordinator, explains how SCORES makes it happen:

Also, on Tuesday September, 25 from 9:00 to 11:00pm WTTW11 will present a two-hour documentary called Dropout Nation as a part of the critically acclaimed documentary series FRONTLINE. Additional details on American Graduate Week's upcoming programming can be found here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Break a Guinness World Record to Benefit America SCORES

On Saturday, September 29th, ten America SCORES cities are joining forces to break the Guinness World Record of soccer dribbling; in total, we need over 2,069 participants to break the record set by the United Nations. America SCORES Chicago needs your support to make it happen! The first 150 Chicago registrants will receive a free event t-shirt and soccer ball to use during the dribble. After the event, participants are welcome to stay for family-friendly games and activities before the UIC Men’s soccer game at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:  UIC Flames Soccer Field (Maxwell and Morgan St.)

WHEN:  Saturday, September 29th
3:30pm to 4:30pm- Check In
5:00pm to 5:10pm - World Record Breaking Dribble
5:30pm to 6:30pm - Family/ Friendly Activities
7:00pm UIC Flames vs. Valparaiso

COST:  $25 per person, or $50 for a family/friends package.
All proceeds will benefit America SCORES’s after-school program.

HOW: For more information and to register visit: soccerdribble.kintera.org/chicago