Overview & Mission
Soccer After School is an innovative youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to promote healthy lifestyles, healthy relationships, and academic success for children in under-resourced urban communities. Utah Development Academy partners with the Glendale Community Learning Center and community-based organizations across the city to operate Soccer After School sites – providing children, K – 8th grade, with free after-school programming throughout the academic year.
Physical Activity: Children participate in 60 minute sessions to ensure they receive the recommended amount of moderate to vigorous exercise for the day.
Mentorship: Each site is staffed by caring and qualified coaches who serve as mentors that are invested in the successful development of each child. Mentors stress the importance of doing well in school and avoiding negative influences such as drugs, alcohol, and violence. Additionally, volunteers from Salt Lake City high schools and the University of Utah are involved as positive role models for future academic success.
Nutrition: Utah Development Academy staff delivers relevant educational activities where participants are taught the basics of nutrition, the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices, and the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits. Participants receive a healthy snack each session and most are eligible to take part in the Utah Food Bank Kid’s Café at the end.
Academic Support: Every participant receives valuable tutoring at the conclusion of each session Salt Lake City School District After-School staff and Utah Development Academy volunteers
Family Engagement: Utah Development Academy strives to turn parents and family members into advocates who reinforce the program’s teachings by applying them in their homes. Family members are provided with information on nutrition, health, and public services that will aide them in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.