Street Soccer USA (SSUSA) is a national league of sport for social change programs in 20 cities across the country uses soccer to help people (ages 15+) overcome homelessness.
SSUSA’s mission is soccer for social change and aims to get homeless men, women, and youth off the streets, “scoring goals on the field, and achieving their goals in life.”
Where they work:
There are 20 Street Soccer USA teams in the following cities: Seattle, Portland, Sacramento. Bay Area, Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, Dallas, Fort Worth, Tulsa, St. Louis, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Louisville, Charlotte, Richmond, Montgomery County, DC Metro, New York, Boston.
What they do:
* Involvement in SSUSA helps participants improve social skills, self esteem, physical/mental health and eliminate barriers to employment, increasing the likelihood of them finding a job and permanent housing. Other services include Job Academies (where participants take workshops on resume writing, financial literacy and workplace readiness), mentoring, pro bono legal services and counseling.
* Volunteers provide coaching and mentoring to program participants and assist each player in setting 3, 6 and 12-month life goals.