Wednesday, October 21, 2015

T-Shirts to Empower



T-SHIRTS TO EMPOWER: A MISSION

Studies have shown that when serving low-income or vulnerable populations there are a few things an organization can do to connect on a deeper level. One of them is to give youth something specific to them, something that's "theirs". As an after school program there are three things we hope to do for the youth we serve to make them feel supported- offer safety, consistency and something of their own. SCORES is something they can count on, a place where they can take safe risks, and make friends. This year we are making a push to provide them with something tangible, that ties them to the city-wide SCORES community. Something small but so meaningful- A T-SHIRT! 

It is rare that we have the ability to provide items unique to SCORES. Though we have had many great partners who have helped us garner equipment, uniforms for students to borrow, and occasional funding to offset transportation and organizational costs, our Poet-Athletes don't get the chance to own a part of their SCORES experience. 


We did have an opportunity a few years back to hand out scarves to our participants: 


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We hope to raise $500 in order to give away SCORES T-Shirts to each Poet Athlete by the Poetry Slam on November 10th! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Poems for Game Day Friday!

In anticipation of Game Day Friday tomorrow we'd like to share some of this week's soccer poems from the girls at Maple Elementary!


Soccer

When I dribble the ball I feel excited
I pass, I focus, and I run
When I hear who got the gold card, 
I feel proud of my friends
When I see our team win I feel confident
When I remember my teammates scoring I feel awesome


SCORES is Me

When I score a goal, I feel fantastic
and very proud of myself
I kick, I run, and I cheer for my team
When I hear "Arianna" being shouted
I feel appreciated
When I see the other team, 
I feel determined to beat the other team
When I remember playing soccer I feel excited
SCORES is awesome



It seems clear to us that soccer and SCORES are AWESOME! We are so excited to have our first Fall Game Day Friday tomorrow, and so are our Poet-Athletes!