CARE: Empowering Girls Through Sports

Associated Sports:
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Tennis
Causes Served:
  • Children and Youth
  • Community
  • Disaster Relief
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Peace
  • Poverty
  • Race & Equality
  • Climbing
Age Groups Served: All
Mailing Address: 151 Ellis Street, Ne
City: Atlanta
State/Province: Georgia
Zip/Postal Code: 30303
Country: United States
Phone: 800-422-7385 404-681-2552
Email: Ecopeland@care.org
Website: Http://www.care.org
Description: How Care Uses Sports to Empower Youth:
Care’s Power Within Approach Uses the Convening Power of Sport to Engage Impoverished Youth with Each Other and Their Communities. Power Within Believes That Early Adolescence is an Appropriate Time to Teach Leadership to Girls So They Can Learn and Lead. Therefore Care Works to Help Girls Develop Leadership Competencies in Primary School As Well As Through Specific Activities to Develop Leadership Skills Outside the School Environment. Our Strategic Combination of Sports and Education Not Only Means More Young People Are Going to School, but They Are Also Learning Leadership Skills That Can Open Doors to a Better Way of Life.

We Work with Both Boys and Girls, but We Concentrate on Marginalized Girls Who Are Already Behind the Curve in Gender Equality. We Provide Girls a Safe Space to Stretch Their Minds, Observe Peers in Leadership Roles and Practice Being Leaders Themselves. Care Believes That Providing an Adequate Education and Leadership Development Will Enable These Girls Will Articulate Their Needs, Protect Personal Assets, Participate in Decision-making, and Overall, Shape Their Futures.

What Are Care’s Objectives?
• Greater Respect Inside and Outside the Home
• Less Domestic Abuse and Sexual Exploitation
• Better Ability to Prevent Hiv/aids and Other Diseases
• Reduced Maternal and Child Mortality
• Higher Economic Productivity and Opportunities
• Active Political Participation and Leadership
• Shatter Gender Stereotypes and Bridge Gender Gaps
• Recreation Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities

Why Does Care Use Sports As a Method to Reach Girls?
Extracurricular Sports Are a Practical, Low-cost, High-impact Mechanism for Getting More Youth, Especially Girls, into School and Keeping Them There. Sport Activities Give Girls an Outlet, Outside of School, Where They Can Develop Their Social and Leadership Qualities Beyond the Classroom, Such As Taking Initiative and Responsibility, Organizing and Managing Groups and Tasks, Decision Making, Assertiveness and Resilience in a Structured Setting.
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