Transforming Communities Through Youth Sports

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Active Children Portland keeps children active in their club, classroom, and community. Programming is an active and holistic approach to childhood development, which includes sports, creative writing, nutrition education, and service learning projects.

Active Children Portland’s mission is to empower students to lead healthy lives, succeed academically, and inspire positive community engagement. The organization began in 2011 with the vision to transform communities and serve hundreds of local students through youth sports. Active Children Portland program participants receive programming 30 weeks a year, 4 days per week, which keeps them active, healthy, and engaged in a positive and stable after-school environment. Our programs focus on helping all participants to develop the confidence and life skills they need to succeed. We believe that by taking a holistic and comprehensive approach to youth-development, and by focusing on kids who need it the most, we CAN make a positive difference for the next generation.

Today, Active Children Portland delivers 30 weeks of after-school programming to over 600 under-served, urban elementary and middle school students at eleven different sites throughout the Portland metro area. 97% of the children enrolled in our programs qualify for free or reduced lunches. In fall and spring, we engage youth through America SCORES and Soccer for Success (US Soccer Foundation) programming, which integrates soccer, creative writing, nutrition education, and community service projects. In January 2014, we expanded our winter programming to include PeacePlayers International, a peace building and leadership development curriculum that uses basketball to bring children together and teach proven tactics for improving their communities.



Players OF THE WEEK!

Meet this week’s Active Children Portland’s Players of the week, Juan and Audrey. They participated in our summer soccer program at Davis Elementary School in NE Portland. The program was a partnership with Metropolitan Family Service’s Summer SUN School.

Juan and Audrey were picked to be recognized by their coaches as outstanding players and teammates. Juan will be a 2ndgrader this fall and Audrey will be a 5th grader.

Audrey had a blast playing soccer this summer because she’s never had the opportunity to play before. She loved being able to run around and use her feet. “In school we only get to use our brains, but we don’t get to exercise very much,” Audrey said when asked about her soccer experience. She learned a lot about communicating with teammates, learning how to spread out so the team can pass better, and working on her running stamina. She likes to eat fruit, vegetables, and yogurt to stay healthy! Audrey wil now have the opportunity to play on Active Children Portland’s 5th grade team at Davis Elementary this fall. She’ll be a great addition to the program.

Juan participated in Active Children’s first ever summer camp in 2014 at Davis Elementary School. He was the best 4-year-old goalkeeper that any of the camp staff had ever seen. He has been working hard on his soccer skills since then with the help of his older brother Jonathan who just moved on to middle school after being in Active Children Portland programs that past 4 years. Juan can always be found on the sideline of his older brother’s games practicing with his dad. Juan had a blast this summer scoring goals, learning new free-kick techniques, and learning how to do the “rainbow.” But Juan has also been working on his nutrition by eating more salad and drinking more water.

We want to thank their coaches, Kevin Donato and Adam Dickinson, for all the support and mentorship they showed to the students. We would also like to thank our great community partner at Davis Elementary School, Metropolitan Family Service, for all the support they provide us to help run the program. We can’t wait for the upcoming school year!



America Scores is a program that Active Children Portland has partnered with that integrates soccer, poetry and service-learning, with an approach that improves students’ health, academic achievement.


One of our favorite thing about soccer is how it connects people from different backgrounds in a fun and meaningful way.

USSFlogo“Soccer for Success provides children in under-served urban communities with structured physical activity, nutrition education and mentorship – at no cost to their families.”

AmericaSCORESlogoThe America Scores program encompasses soccer, creative writing, and service learning, to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.