Poets. Athletes. Leaders.


America SCORES is an innovative youth development program that combines creative and physical expression for “whole child” benefits.  

America SCORES is a time-tested, fast-growing afterschool program providing the triple play of poetry, soccer, and service learning programs to Bay Area public schools.  Since 2001, SCORES has been delivering joyful learning opportunities to children, giving students the support, confidence, and vision to meet new challenges and chart their own futures.

Proven programs. Proven outcomes.

We are affiliated with the America SCORES national network with programs in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, DC, Los Angeles, New York, Milwaukee, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver,


see our poet-athletes in action!


Core Program Elements

Joy Today. Hope Tomorrow.


The world's most fluid, beautiful game is at the heart of SCORES. Teamwork is at the core. 



Unleash the voice! Creative expression, word play, and public speaking allow students to discover their individual, entirely distinct voices, all while building critical literacy skills and self confidence.


Civic Engagement

SCORES students learn how to make a positive, impactful contribution to their communities through a semester long service-learning curricula.   


Our Impact



Better English Language Proficiency


increase their aerobic capacity!


improve confidence! 

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Featured Poet-Athlete

Bridgette Marin

SCORES Alumni Makes the US National Women's Soccer Team!   

A remarkable story in the making.  Bridgette Marin joined the SCORES program in 1st grade at ER Taylor Elementary School in the Excelsior.   Now she is on the big stage, defying incredible odds and playing for the United States U14 National Team. 

Here is a poem Bridgette wrote in 4th grade that shows her talent with the pen and her optimism and confidence as a young student.  Her poem was featured on KALW Radio as part of National Poetry Month.   


by Bridgette Marin

Today I feel like a balloon going free

That when I’m blind, I can actually see

I’m a diamond so shiny, so bright

That I’m like the sun showing all the light.

Today I’m a free land

So free, that I’m a new brand

I feel like a bank with money

So rich, that I’m as sweet as honey!!!

I feel like going round and around

that I’m never going down

I feel like a bird making sweet sounds

That if I get lost, I will for sure be found.

When I’m happy

I’m a perfect circle

That never have gaps!!

I am perfect,

Just the way I am.

Bridgette on the US National U14 Team

Bridgette on the US National U14 Team

It all began with America SCORES at ER Taylor Elementary School

It all began with America SCORES at ER Taylor Elementary School


achieving together

A Few of Our Key Partners


THE WLS Spencer Foundation

The Horace Goldsmith Foundation

The World Cup Legacy Task Force '94

The Louis R. Lurie Foundation