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Age 11-17
Program type After School
Specific needs

At risk, low income

Contact us Info@Southbronxunited.Org
Deadline Rolling


South Bronx United uses soccer as a tool for social change.


The program combines competitive travel soccer with academic enrichment, college prep, mentoring, leadership development, immigrant legal services, and other support services. Youth in the program are required to participate in both soccer and academic programming and commit at least 10 hours per week during the school year to the program. During the summer most participants attend the 5-week Summer Soccer Scholars program.

Academics: SBU Academy students must attend at least two sessions of academic programming per week during the school year. Through 9th grade, students attend the After School Tutoring Program to receive help with homework, study skills, test prep, language skills, and overall academic development. After School Tutoring is held every school day from 3:30pm until 6pm. In 10th grade, students attend Sophomore Skills sessions two evenings each week to receive English and Math enrichment. 11th graders attend an SAT Prep program two evenings per week. 12th graders are matched with a Senior Mentor to help them through the college identification, application, and acceptance process, which is guided by the Director of College Placement and Alumni.

Mentoring & leadership: Mentoring is a key component of The SBU Academy. Team Mentors collect report cards and transcripts of students, regularly check up on student’s academic progress, and support students with issues at home and in school. They provide the bridge between academic and soccer programs. High school seniors are also matched with individual mentors to help them through the college prep process.

Youth build character by completing community service through various activities and by supporting other South Bronx United programs. They also have the opportunity to attend various leadership activities and events during the year. Students on the Youth Council take on additional leadership roles

Summer Soccer Scholars: The Summer Soccer Scholars is a 5-week full-day summer program for approximately 80 middle and high school youth in The SBU Academy. Every youth attends three blocks of classes (humanities, math or technology, and life skills or health). They train every afternoon on the soccer field and enjoy field trips outside on New York City on Fridays.

By requesting a tryout, you are affirming that you would be able to commit to the requirements of the SBU Academy, which include at least 2 days each week of academic programming (afternoon or evening) in addition to soccer training and games.


Sbu Academy Youth Must Meet The Following Requirements. Youth Who Do Not Meet These Requirements May Be Accepted Under Special Circumstances Only. Youth Must: 1. Live Within The Program Area Of The Bronx, Harlem, Washington Heights, Or Inwood. 2. Demonstrate Financial Need. Generally, Family Income Must Be At Or Below 250% Of The Poverty Level. 3. Demonstrate A Programmatic Need. 4. Be Enrolled In A K-12 School (Or In The Process Of Enrolling) And Is Not A Senior. (Due To The Limited Time Period To Work With Students, We Accept Rising Seniors Only In Limited Cases.) 5. Be Able To Commit To The Full Sbu Academy Program (Soccer, Academics, Leadership).