Starfinder is excited to be named a 2020 Sports 4 Life grant recipient! The Womens Sports Foundation and espnW began the nationwide initiative in 2014 to to increase participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls in youth sports programs.
Thanks to this grant, Starfinder can continue to serve youth with daily and weekly virtual programming, mentor outreach, guidance on resources and self care, and distributing laptops and soccer equipment.
We are working hard to stay connected with our youth and building new forms of virtual engagement to help them maintain structure in their day-to-day lives, be part of a positive social network, and stay physically active.
Starfinder is one of a number of organisations supported by the FIFA Foundation's Community Programme. With FIFA Foundation aid, Starfinder provides opportunities for youth development for underserved youth in Greater Philadelphia.
Each year Strive brings together student-athletes from high schools around the country and helps them become character leaders on and off the field. This year, two Starfinder student-athletes were chosen to participate in the Strive Sports Challenge: Justin Gilkin and Jessica Luna.
For the past two summer, Woza Soccer has awarded 11 full scholarships. Only a limited number of full scholarship recipients are selected. This year two Starfinder teens were awarded scholarships! During July, Kendra Chan will be traveling to Peru for 18 days, and Gregory Roach will be traveling to Malawi for 19 days.
"We were so honored to be the Charity of the Match! Thank you, Philadelphia Union and PHLY Insurance, for shining a spotlight on Starfinder's programs. It was a huge moment of pride for our kids and our coaches to see Starfinder recognized on the big screen." said Heidi Warren, Executive Director at Starfinder Foundation.
Starfinder is so honored and humbled to be selected as one of the first 27 organizations to receive funding from Common Goal initiative. Special thank you to Juan Mata, David Accam of the Philadelphia Union and all of the soccer players from around the world, who donated a portion of their salary to help bring social change to youth around the globe!
“We believe you can be an out gay athlete. For so many young LGBTQ youth, there is no safe space to be themselves and to be heard. We believe soccer can fill that void. Play Proud can save lives, literally.” ~Lilli Barrett-O’Keefe, Regional Manager for Streetfootballworld USA
“Thank you, Women’s Sports Foundation!” said Heidi Warren, Executive Director of Starfinder. “The Sports 4 Life grant will help us give our girls more opportunities to compete in a spring soccer league, and practice both their soccer and their leadership skills. We’ll continue to support them with high quality coaching, academic support, mentoring, and a life skills curriculum, but nothing beats the learning opportunities (and confidence boost) of competitive play.”
The Major League Soccer Players Association is proud to support Starfinder programs as a part of the Players Promise commitment to give back to organizations that provide access and growth opportunities for those who can benefit the most from the chance to play soccer.
The Service to Community Award was introduced by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer in 2014 to recognize the people and organizations whose philanthropy and goodwill has helped our various soccer communities. This year's receipt is Starfinder Foundation.
The award represents an incredible opportunity to stand alongside Greater Philadelphia's social entrepreneurs who are reshaping our neighborhoods and communities, and whose ideas are inspiring people around the world.
The GSK IMPACT award is highly competitive and highlights organizations that are working hand-in-hand with the community to improve barriers to health. Starfinder was among ten local nonprofits that were awarded $40,000 each. We’re so honored to be selected by GSK for this prestigious award recognizing Starfinder’s role in building a healthy community.
Thank you GSK for helping us invest in our kids!
Cocktails with a Kick is a fundraising cocktail party benefiting Starfinder. This fun, social evening took place at Cozen O’Connor in Center City Philadelphia, PA. 150 guests from throughout Philadelphia area came to honor Braskem for championing Starfinder’s girls leadership program. This event raised $19,000 in program support for Starfinder.
"We aim to work with kids who are living in communities that are not well-served by their schools, who do not have a lot of opportunity for enrichment activities outside of school, and as a result, often do not get the support they need to succeed in their lives in general."
Thank you, Starfinder donors, for contributing $22,204 in response to the year-end appeal.Youth in the Senior Leaders program have been enjoying better equipment, more tutoring hours, and college visits because of your support.
The kids who call Starfinder home know soccer is a team effort – and they’re also learning that life is a team effort. It’s a lesson we teach them but it’s also something they see every day when people and companies help us clean and fix up our indoor soccer field; much in the same way that city blocks come together for clean-up days.
Getting into college – and thriving once you get there – can be tricky for any student, but it’s especially challenging if your parents didn’t go to college. This is the experience most Starfinder kids have, which is why we’ve focused so much more attention on college exposure over the past few years.
A home is defined to be a dwelling place, together with the family, that offers security and happiness. I believe a home does not have to be a place; you can find comfort, security and happiness within a person. This is what I discovered in my Starfinder teammates and coaches.
At Starfinder, we’re committed to providing the highest quality programs for young people. Our work is research-informed and thoroughly evaluated. We collect data through surveys, report cards, fitness tests, and focus groups. The 2014-15 Senior Leader Program year was a huge success! Here’s how our students performed in our three program “pillars”.
With funding from SportsUnited (a program of the Department of State) and assistance from streetfootballworld, representatives of six organizations from the Americas are travelling the Western Hemisphere to visit sports-based youth development programs.
This year saw the launch of the Starfinder Store, where participants trade points for great gear. Students earn points for things like good attendance or earning our weekly award for exemplary behavior, and can redeem them for anything from water bottles to cleats to coveted Starfinder jackets.
Sallen Woewiyu (Starfinder ‘12) recently joined a group of alumni to talk to our current Senior Leaders about applying to and attending college. Sallen, a communications student at Eastern University, wrote to us after the visit to say what Starfinder meant to him.
This Senior Leader Girls season is one for the Starfinder records! Coach Across America volunteer Casey Stewart led the charge in the fall to recruit girls to the Senior Leader Girls program. She visited high schools and soccer teams and challenged past participants to recruit new girls to the program.