Urban Initiatives

Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs a health and education soccer program, called the Work to Play Program, in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

“To motivate Chicago’s children to improve their academic performance, physical fitness, health, and character through collaborative programs.”

Work to Play Program:
The Work to Play Program is composed of three, eight-week seasons and serves students from 21 public schools. The program has four focus areas: physical fitness, health education, academic performance, and character development.   Each week consists of three program sessions – two before school practices and one after school game. Sessions include at least one hour of exercise, a health tutorial, a nutritious snack, and a character trait discussion.

The key component to this program is Urban Initiatives’ relationship with the schools. For students to be able to participate, they must meet certain standards set by their teachers (work habits, classroom behavior, attendance, attention to assignments, respect for others). The soccer program works as an incentive for the students and helps them make the connection between education and their growth as a student and person.

Each program session consists of the following:
* One hour of soccer activities followed by a lesson (health or character topic), team discussion, activity worksheet for students to take home and a nutritious snack.

How to get involved:
Join the Urban Initiatives team:

* Make a donation

  • A $50 donation provides one child healthy snacks for a school year.
  • A $100 provides one child nutritious snacks, equipment and quality coaching for a season.
  • A $250 donation provides one bus ride for a soccer field trip for 30 children.
  • A $750 donation provides all the current schools with end-of-season dinner and awards parties.
  • A $1500 donation provides indoor training space for all schools during the winter season.

* Become a Champion Partner

* Volunteer as an Assistant Coach

* Sign up for the Urban Initiatives newsletter<

Contact information:
* Website: www.urbaninitiatives.org
* Blog: www.urbaninitiatives.org/blog/
* Social Media: Twitter, Facebook

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